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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Name the Linear Accelerator Contest Winners Announced

Student Winners from Three Rockland High Schools Accepted Their Awards

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Good Samaritan Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), has announced the Winners of the “Name the Linear Accelerator Contest.” More than 300 high school students from all over Rockland County submitted entries. Two students tied for the first place award. The winning name was “HERB” -- acronym for High Energy Radiation Beam – was submitted by Christina Tenore of Suffern High School and Gerrit Stech of Clarkstown North High School. The Second Place winner was “Beam of Hope” submitted by Anthony Besmer of Nanuet High School.

The new TrueBeam Linear Accelerator system is an innovative medical technology that enables a radically different approach to treating cancer with image-guided radiotherapy. More than 300 cancer patients have been treated with the hospital’s new system since it was installed in July. Breast, prostate, head and neck, gastrointestinal, brain, lung and gynecological tumors can be effectively treated with lower radiation doses.

(L-R) Richard Evans, MD, Vice President of Surgical Services and Mary Leahy, MD, CEO, Bon Secours Charity Health System/Good Samaritan Hospital; Anthony Besmer; Sen. David Carlucci; Christina Tenore; Gerrit Stech; and Rockland County Executive Ed Day.