Thanks to his ability to run several extremely successful companies, Jeff Tognetti finds himself in a position that allows him to frequently donate part of his income to a variety of charities. Just one of the organizations he donates to on a regular basis is the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center. Donations from people like Tognetti allow the Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center to continue its outstanding and internationally recognized work and provide patient care, carry out innovative research, and continue to run outstanding educational programs.
In fact, the center is the oldest and largest private cancer center in the world – it was founded in 1884 – and is one of 41 National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. Its main staff is comprised of 12,402 people, including 876 attending physicians and 2,133 registered nurses, which does not even include the number of researchers and educators working for the center. (Those numbers can be found here.)
The center, which is primarily located in New York City and has several branch offices open in other parts of New York state, focuses on two key areas when fulfilling its mission:
- Upholding ongoing close collaboration between its physicians and scientists. This communication, unique among select centers in the world, allows the Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center to provide patients with the best care available while simultaneously researching better strategies that will help prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future.
- The center’s education programs allow it to train future physicians and scientists, which greatly influences the minds of the people who are stepping into the field and will ultimately impact the future of cancer treatments and research.
The strength of the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center comes from its ability and willingness to address the multiple sides of cancer treatment and research. Its facilities and staff utilize the best treatments available while also providing the necessary therapy and support for those who are fighting cancer or who are survivors; at the same time, its seminars and community outreach programs continue its work outside of its center by sharing its valuable knowledge with other professionals and the general public alike.
This balance between treatment – both of the patient’s physical and mental health – and communication is crucial in the battle against cancer, and it is thanks to the support of both volunteers and donors like Jeff Tognetti that any of this is possible.