Good Samaritan Hospital announced the winners of the ‘Name the Linear Accelerator Contest’ on Wednesday April 18, 2018. More than 300 high school students from all over Rockland County submitted entries. Suffern High School’s Christina Tenore and Clarkstown North’s Gerrit Stech tied for the $750 first place award with the name ‘HERB’ (High Energy Radiation Beam). A $250 second place award was presented to Anthony Besmer of Nanuet High School for his entry ‘Beam of Hope.’
The new Truebeam Linear Accelerator System is an innovative medical technology that enables a radically different approach to treating cancer with image-guided radiotherapy. More than 300 cancer patients have been treated with the hospital’s new system since it was installed in July, 2017. Breast, prostate, head and neck, gastrointestinal, brain, lung and gynecological tumors can be effectively treated with lower radiation doses.