Howard hospital renames cancer center

The Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center, a service of Howard County General Hospital, changed its name to the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center, according to a news release.

The new name recognizes Tina Broccolino's contributions to the center since establishing it in 1998.

Elizabeth Rendon-Sherman, chairman of the Howard Hospital Foundation board of trustees, said the center would not be there without Broccolino.

"Tina's tenacious advocacy for the center and all those served by it has yielded tremendous philanthropic support over the past 15 years," said Rendon-Sherman. "(She's) provided invaluable visibility for the hospital's cancer programs through events such as the annual Fretz fundraiser, Cuts Against Cancer and Blossoms of Hope. We are delighted to permanently recognize her contributions through the center's new name."

Carla Northrop, a fellow volunteer with Broccolino, said Brocollino's "unwavering leadership" and "vision" make her worthy of the honor.

"Tina founded the center, has volunteered countless hours of her time to the center and has inspired so many other volunteers, including myself, to join in her quest to raise the funds necessary to keep the center alive," said Northrop.

The Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center opened with educational resources and a lending library as well as a full-service salon staffed by volunteer stylists from local salons, according to a news release. The center has expanded throughout the past 15 years, providing more than 5,000 services in 2012, and now offers counseling services, support groups, exercise classes and complementary medicine, according to a release.

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