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Published on June 17, 2013

Iris V. Henderson Cancer Center at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Re-Dedicated

West Philadelphia, PA (June 17, 2013): Executives from Mercy Philadelphia Hospital welcomed more than 50 members of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. (NCBW) last Wednesday evening during the bi-annual Rededication Ceremony of the Iris V. Henderson Cancer Center.

“We are honored to receive this generous support from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women,” says Cusack. “It is especially meaningful to receive it in Ms. Iris Henderson’s name, who was a part of the Mercy family for so many years and shared in our mission to serve the entire community. The funds will help us care for our patients in their fight against breast cancer.”

Henderson was an advocate for healthcare in West Philadelphia, with access to quality healthcare her number one priority. A member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, she was also a community leader and devotee, and was described as an extraordinary woman who could make things happen.

Henderson’s battle with cancer ended in 1990, just months short of the announcement that Mercy Philadelphia would receive a $2.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy that would bring her vision for a cancer center to fruition.

Two years later, ground officially broke for the Cancer Center that bears her name. It now serves approximately 2,000 patients each year in the radiation oncology and infusion suites. The Mercy Cancer Care program at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital also includes diagnostics and imaging, medical oncology, surgical services, nurse navigation, community education, screenings, and support groups.

To learn more about the Iris V. Henderson Center and Mercy Cancer Care at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, visit


Iris Henderson Cancer Center Mercy Philadelphia HospitalPhoto Caption:  Mercy Philadelphia Hospital Executive Director Sue Cusack (second from right) holds a proclamation from the Philadelphia City Council regarding the rededication of the Iris V. Henderson Cancer Center. With her are National Coalition of 100 Black Women members, from L-R, Cheryl Gaston, Teresa Lamore, Robyn Younger and Latifah Fields.

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