Harbor Room ownership transferred to Cambridge Medical Center

The Harbor Room Cancer Resource Center is a source of comfort and
strength for people affected by cancer. Located in Cambridge Medical
Center, the Harbor Room provides a wide range of free services for
anyone affected by cancer. Whether it’s a head scarf, wig, mastectomy
bra, medical information, yoga class, art therapy, or support group,
anyone affected by cancer is welcome to access these free services in
the relaxed, comfortable setting of the Harbor Room.

The Harbor Room Cancer Resource Center is a source of comfort and strength for people affected by cancer. Located in Cambridge Medical Center, the Harbor Room provides a wide range of free services for anyone affected by cancer. Whether it’s a head scarf, wig, mastectomy bra, medical information, yoga class, art therapy, or support group, anyone affected by cancer is welcome to access these free services in the relaxed, comfortable setting of the Harbor Room.

Since 2005, the Harbor Room has been owned and managed by Community Harbor—an independent community board. As of Jan. 1, Community Harbor transferred their ownership of the Harbor Room to Cambridge Medical Center.

The decision to transfer ownership was made last fall when the Community Harbor Board of Directors voted unanimously to approach Cambridge Medical Center with a proposal for the medical center to acquire the assets and management of the Harbor Room.

Sue Slater, chair of the Community Harbor Board of Directors and co-founder of the Harbor Room, cited the economy as a major factor in the decision.

“Current economic conditions were making it increasingly difficult for the Community Harbor Board to financially support the many services the Harbor Room provides,” Slater said. “Looking ahead, we recognized that change was necessary if the mission of the Harbor Room was to continue.”

Cambridge Medical Center welcomed the opportunity to continue, as well as expand, the support services offered by the Harbor Room.

“Our cancer care program is growing,” said Dennis Doran, president of Cambridge Medical Center. “We recently added a full-time oncologist to our staff and the services the Harbor Room provides are, and will continue to be, an important component of the cancer care we provide. Additionally, we are interested in looking at new ways the Harbor Room services can be expanded in the future to help patients with other life-threatening or chronic conditions.”

Slater said the medical center was the logical choice to carry on and enhance the Harbor Room’s services.

“We trust Cambridge Medical Center to continue the important work we started,” Slater said. “We are confident the Harbor Room will be an important and valued complement to the medical center’s expanding cancer program and look forward with anticipation to new ways the Harbor Room will help even more people in the future.”

The Harbor Room has always relied on volunteers and generous financial donations to provide free services to anyone with cancer. The medical center plans to continue that tradition. “

The volunteers are a significant part of what makes the Harbor Room so special,” said Julie Gotham, executive director of the CMC Foundation and the Harbor Room. “We will continue to rely on financial donations to provide the many wonderful programs and support services free of charge. Anyone who made a financial donation to the Harbor Room in the past or contributes in the future can be assured that their donation will be used exclusively for Harbor Room services at Cambridge Medical Center.”

The Community Harbor board members have given their full support to Cambridge Medical Center. “Our board will count ourselves among the first to support Cambridge Medical Center in continuing the mission of the Harbor Room and invite everyone to join us,” Slater said.

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