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Roswell Park Opens Marie E. Bogner Center for Nursing Excellence

Center to encourage professional development, advancement of current and new nurses

  • Center focuses on the whole nurse through education and well-being
  • Simulation room first of its kind in a freestanding cancer center
  • Endowment established to expand, maintain center programming

BUFFALO, N.Y. — From former Director of Nursing Eva Noles’ trailblazing efforts to the more than 800 individuals who answer the call to care for cancer patients each and every day — the Department of Nursing at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center holds a storied legacy. Roswell Park leaders and staff celebrated a new chapter in its history with the dedication of the new Marie E. Bogner Center for Nursing Excellence. 

Located just steps away from bustling clinical areas, the 5,126 square foot space houses smart classrooms, flexible skills learning areas and a lactation room. A calm and inviting lounge and breakroom allow staff a moment to relax or work on projects. The new center complements an existing focus on nursing education which includes internships, research opportunities and the Roswell Park Nurse Residency Program for new graduate oncology nurses, the only accredited program of its kind in Western New York.

“Our nurses are an invaluable piece of the Roswell Park puzzle,” says Andrew Storer, PhD, DNP, RN, NP-C, FAANP, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at Roswell Park. “This center celebrates them and allows for professional development and advancement in a dedicated space they can call their own.”

Most notably, nurses will have the chance to run through hundreds of healthcare scenarios in a high-fidelity simulation room — the first of its kind within a freestanding cancer center in the United States. An exact replica of a Roswell Park inpatient room, the space features a lifelike, responsive mannequin and programmable software to teach new skills or sharpen old ones.

“Not many hospitals have incorporated high-fidelity simulation in their training. We are truly at the forefront of this emerging technology and are grateful to have this new resource in our center,” explains Dr. Storer.

The center is made possible through a generous estate gift from longtime Roswell Park supporter Marie Bogner. Bogner wanted to honor the dedicated nursing staff — who took such good care of her mother when she was a patient — with these educational resources. In addition, fellow donors have established an endowment for the center, ensuring expansion and maintenance of this core resource for years to come.

“This is not only about strengthening the skills of our current staff, but developing the next generation of nursing leaders,” says Mary Ann Long, MS, RN, Roswell Park Senior Vice President of Nursing. “This is an investment in their future, giving folks time and freedom to work on their ambitions, all while strengthening our mission to deliver high-quality patient care.”

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About Roswell Park:
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York. Learn more at, or contact us at 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or

About the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation:
The Roswell Park Alliance Foundation is a is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that manages all donations made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its mission is to maximize dollars available for Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s most promising lifesaving research, treatment and prevention programs, while supporting the psychosocial needs of patients and families touched by cancer.


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