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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Contact: Angela L. Yu
Media Relations Manager
(518) 271-5045



TROY, NY – July 2, 2013 – Barbara McHale, RN, BS, OCN, CBCN, patient navigator for the Cancer Treatment Center at Samaritan Hospital, has been invited to serve as a faculty member for the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN) at the Fourth Annual AONN Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, November 15-17.


As a faculty member, McHale will give present on navigation research during the pre-conference session as well as participate in the navigator round tables. She will also participate in a video interview and give a presentation on a new oncology rehabilitation therapy program that is currently being piloted at Samaritan Hospital.


McHale was recently recognized by the Capital Region Against Breast Cancer (CRAAB) with its 2013 “Power Up the Pink Award” for her outstanding care and commitment to breast cancer patients in the community. A resident of Ballston Spa, McHale has been with Samaritan Hospital since 2006.



St. Peter’s Health Partners was created on October 1, 2011 by the merger of Northeast Health, St. Peter’s Health Care Services and Seton Health. The merger created the region’s largest and most comprehensive not-for-profit network of high-quality, advanced medical care, primary care, rehabilitation and senior services. These state-of-the-art services and programs are provided through Albany Memorial Hospital and St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, Samaritan Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy; Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady; as well as The Eddy system of continuing care and The Community Hospice. The new organization has 12,500 employees at more than 165 locations in seven counties of northeastern New York. St. Peter’s Health Partners is the region’s largest private employer and has an annual budget of $1.2 billion. For more information, please visit


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