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May 16, 2012
SOMERVILLE, NJ, May 16, 2012 -- The Paul R. Nardoni Foundation recently donated $29,000 to Somerset Medical Center to enhance care for cancer patients. The funds will be used to purchase new equipment for the medical center’s Paul R. Nardoni Oncology Pavilion, including two laptop computers for patient education; four specially-designed chairs for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments; and a bladder scan.

“Somerset Medical Center has demonstrated a strong commitment to providing our community with the best possible cancer care close to home,” said Ellen Nardoni, chairman of the Paul R. Nardoni Foundation. “We have been proud to partner with the medical center to help ensure that Central New Jerseyans have access to the latest cancer-fighting technologies in a warm, patient-friendly environment.”

The foundation’s generosity helped fund the Paul R. Nardoni Oncology Pavilion, a 35-bed unit for cancer patients that opened at Somerset Medical Center in April 2005. The unit features rooms with private baths with handicapped-accessible showers, flat-screen televisions, DVD players and sleeper sofas or reclining chairs for family members wishing to stay overnight. The pavilion is named in memory of Paul Nardoni, who died in 2001 after a five-year battle with Hodgkin’s disease.

The Nardoni Foundation also made a leadership gift to support the fundraising campaign for The Steeplechase Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art outpatient facility that opened on the medical center’s campus in 2007. The center houses the Sanofi U.S. Breast Care Program, radiation oncology services, infusion therapy, oncologists’ offices, clinical research, complementary medicine services and the Sanofi U.S. Wellness Boutique. The cancer center was recently awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer – an award given to only one in four cancer centers surveyed in 2011.

“The generosity of the Nardoni family and the Paul R. Nardoni Foundation has been extraordinary,” said Ken Bateman, president and CEO of Somerset Medical Center. “Their support has made a tremendous difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families throughout Central New Jersey.”

The Paul R. Nardoni Foundation has been providing support to cancer patients and their families since 2001. The Foundation partners with six hospitals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida where they provide special needs funds to provide relief for everyday expenses (such as overnight stays in a nearby hotel, utility bills, medication, cab fare, meals, etc.) incurred by cancer patients and their families who are facing financial hardship. The Foundation also created and manages a “Carpe Diem Program”. These requests, although surprisingly modest in nature, provide cancer patients and their families the opportunity to utilize Foundation funds to fulfill a wish or desire they would not ordinarily have the means to fund themselves. “Carpe Diem” helps to provide a wonderful patient experience during a very difficult time. For more information about the Paul R. Nardoni Foundation, visit

For more information about cancer services at Somerset Medical Center, visit To learn more about ways to support Somerset Medical Center, visit or call 908-685-2885.

Ken Bateman, president and CEO of Somerset Medical Center, right, recently received a $29,000 donation from Paul R. Nardoni Foundation board members from left, Francis Sztuk, Ren Nardoni, Roseann Nardoni and Ellen Nardoni.