Satchell Chemotherapy Suite – A Haven in A Cancer Journey

The Satchell family and UM Shore Regional Cancer Center staff cut the ribbon to dedicate the Lenny Satchell Chemotherapy Suite

“We chose the Memorial Hospital Foundation as the beneficiary of memorial donations after our mother’s death because we wanted to do something to support Dr. Mary DeShields who is so wonderful.” – Steve Satchell, Family Member

Friends and family gathered Tuesday afternoon, May 18, 2010 at UM Shore Regional Cancer Center to dedicate a new chemotherapy suite to the late Lenny Satchell.

The dedication ceremony included an open house with tours and refreshments. Guests had an opportunity to visit with the Satchell family and to meet the Cancer Center staff.

When Satchell passed away in 2006, her husband, Lou, established the Lenny Satchell Fund for UM Shore Regional Cancer Center through the UM Memorial Hospital Foundation. The fund was used to build the new chemotherapy suite now open at the Cancer Center.

Dr. Mary DeShields is the medical director of the medical oncology program that provides chemotherapy services through the UM Shore Regional Cancer Center. The chemotherapy program is staffed with certified oncology nurses and the facility is designed in a warm and comfortable “living room” style, which allows for social interaction among patients and privacy for families.

Lenny Satchell was born in 1944 and graduated from Easton High School in 1962. She married Lou Satchell on Aug. 12, 1967. They raised their children, Steve and Kim, at their Oaklands home in Easton. An active member of the Eastern Shore community, Lenny was a volunteer for the Waterfowl Festival for more than 25 years and received an award for her outstanding festival service. She also was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

“The dedication of the Lenny Satchell Chemotherapy Suite honors the courage with which Lenny lived with cancer,” said Brian Leutner, director of oncology services for UM Shore Regional Health. “The fund established in her name keeps her spirit alive and assists other people as they navigate their cancer journey.”