R 197
2015 -- S 0805
Enacted 04/08/2015

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Goodwin, Walaska, Algiere, Crowley, and Sosnowski
Date Introduced: April 08, 2015

     WHEREAS, Cancer Registrars are health care professionals and data management
experts who collect and maintain data on persons diagnosed with this devastating disease; and
     WHEREAS, Cancer Registrars work in a variety of cancer treatment and research
settings and manage a wide range of demographic and medical data on those with cancer; and
     WHEREAS, The collected data informs cancer research, prevention, and treatment
programs; and
     WHEREAS, The information is both submitted to and utilized by state and national
cancer registries to enable cancer programs to accurately determine cancer patient populations,
measure outcomes or treatment and survival, and formulate plans for improvement; and
     WHEREAS, The Rhode Island Statewide Cancer Registry operates under the auspices of
the Hospital Association of Rhode Island (HARI), which maintains the statewide cancer registry
(RICR); and
     WHEREAS, Funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health and the National
Program for Cancer Registries of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HARI not only
collects and maintains data related to Rhode Island's cancer patient population, but also provides
support to hospital tumor registries and promotes the American College of Surgeons-approved
cancer programs in acute care hospitals throughout the state; and
     WHEREAS, Rhode Island has more than twenty-five cancer registrars operating across
the state. The information collected and compiled by these dedicated and determined
professionals is helping to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention efforts for many Rhode
Islanders; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby celebrates "National Cancer Registrars Week" on April 6th through April 10th, 2015. We
furthermore recognize and applaud the accomplishments of the Rhode Island Cancer Registry and
extend our gratitude for its efforts in fighting cancer in Rhode Island and across the nation; and be
it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Honorable Gina Raimondo, Governor of the
State of Rhode Island, and the Hospital Association of Rhode Island.