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Unsung Hero Award

Jan 09, 2012 11:52PM ● By Anonymous

Pamela Black, LCSW-C, OSW-CM, Oncology Social Worker for Shore Regional Cancer Center, was recently honored by the Talbot County chapter of the NAACP with their Barbara Jeffries Unsung Heroine award. Black received the honor at the chapter’s Annual Freedom Banquet, held earlier this fall. As an oncology social worker at Shore Regional Cancer Center and a group facilitator of the Cancer Support Community of Delmarva, Black is involved in many cancer programs in the local community. In addition to being a cancer support group facilitator for over thirty years, Black has worked tirelessly throughout her career to help patients during their cancer journey.

Recognizing the importance of ongoing care and communication for patients, Black was instrumental in the Cancer Transitions program, a six-week program that helps patients make the transition from treatment to survivorship. Seeing that there were support groups and other resources in place for cancer patients during and after treatment, Black realized a void existed at the beginning of the process. She developed the "Welcome Group," a program for newly diagnosed cancer patients. These groups began in fall 2010 as a way to introduce patients to resources available to help them and to help them adjust to their cancer diagnosis.

In addition to her group programs, Black works diligently with individual patients and families providing social work services.

“Pam is the epitome of an unsung hero and is truly deserving of this honor,” said Brian Leutner, Director of Oncology Services for Shore Regional Cancer Center. “She has been an integral part of our cancer survivorship program and goes above and beyond to help patients get the resources they need as they go through a cancer diagnosis.”