Nurses, Volunteers At The James Create 'Dream Hats' For Patients  

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Posted: 10/7/2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Oncology nurses and volunteers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC­–James) are making colorful surgical scrub hats to give to patients as part of the “Dream Hats” project.

Media are invited to cover the Dream Hats kick-off celebration at 10 a.m. Tuesday (10/9) at the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, 300 W. 10th Ave. Parking will be available at the James driveway loop.

Rae Ream, an operating nurse at OSUCCC–James, founded Dream Hats as a way to connect with patients on a personal level and to brighten their spirits. For several years, Ream had been sewing uniquely designed surgical hats for staff to wear in the operating room.

As the popularity of the hats grew, she was approached by a patient who liked her hat so much that Ream presented the patient with a hat just before she was wheeled into surgery. Since then, Ream has been making hats for patients, and has recruited a team of volunteers – mostly perioperative nurses in surgical oncology at The James – to create more than 500 scrub hats for patients.

Ream also enlisted the help of the James Stitching Sisters, a group of volunteers who make quilts for patients at the Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center, to help make the scrub caps at their sewing center in Dublin. Volunteers meet on most Saturdays to sew Dream Hats.

“Everyone’s hat is different, and a ‘bright spot’ for our patients. To those who are facing chemotherapy and the possibility of losing their hair, a hat gives them a sense of dignity and confidence. For others, it is a reminder of what they have overcome, and for still others it gives them the courage to go forward,” says Ream. “My dream is for every patient to face the future with faith, hope and a resolve to one day cure cancer.

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only seven centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials. The NCI recently rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program’s 210-bed adult patient-care component, The James is a “Top Hospital” as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. 

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 Contact: Eileen Scahill, Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-3737, or Eileen.Scahill@osumc.edu

 

 

 



Tags: Cancer; Surgery; James Cancer Hospital; OSU Medical Center

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: jamesline@osumc.edu