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Huntington Hospital Brings Community Together to “Shine A Light” on Lung Cancer

Published on Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 11:20 am

On Sunday, Nov. 8, Huntington Hospital hosted a lighting ceremony as part of a national campaign to raise awareness for lung cancer. The ceremony was attended by over 100 lung cancer patients and family members, as well as hospital administration, staff and physicians from Huntington Hospital’s lung cancer program.

The program was opened by Robbin Cohen, MD, medical director for the thoracic oncology program, who introduced the other lung cancer program physicians in attendance. This included Kenneth Lam, MD, Mark McNamara, MD, Jorge Nieva, MD and Ashish Patel, MD. Cohen also recognized Michael Gurevitch, MD, a pulmonary medicine specialist and member of Huntington Hospital’s thoracic oncology program, for his outstanding contributions to the thoracic oncology program and the Huntington Hospital community.

“Few physicians embody the perfect combination of leadership, energy and availability, medical knowledge, clinical judgment and compassion that Mike Gurevitch has displayed over the years,” said Dr. Cohen. “I am honored to recognize him and his team for making such a great impact on the lives of our patients.”

The program continued with remarks from Christine Conti, RN, nurse navigator for the Huntington Hospital lung cancer program, followed by an inspiring account from Huntington Hospital patient Jeffrey Poehlmann. Conti then led the group in lighting candles to honor lung cancer patients and their families.

The lung cancer program at Huntington Hospital is recognized as one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the Los Angeles area. It is designated as a lung cancer screening center by the American College of Radiology.

The ceremony was just one of nearly 200 “Shine a Light on Lung Cancer” events taking place in cities across the country in November. The program is presented in partnership with Lung Cancer Alliance, the only national nonprofit organization dedicated solely to providing support and advocacy for people living with or at risk for lung cancer. Combined these events mark the largest lung cancer event in the world.

About Huntington Hospital

Huntington Hospital,, is a 625-bed not-for-profit hospital located in Pasadena. It has been ranked nationally by U.S. News and World Report in two specialties and was named among the top hospitals in California. The hospital is on Facebook at and on Twitter at @HuntingtonNews.


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