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Queen of the Valley Medical Center Presents "Cancer as a Turning Point: From Surviving to Thriving™"


NAPA, CA – On September 17, 2011 Queen of the Valley Medical Center presents "Cancer As A Turning Point: From Surviving to ThrivingTM." From 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in the Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA, nationally known experts at this free celebration of life will share how anyone touched by cancer - or any life altering illness - can experience healing at the deepest levels, including mind, body and spirit. Featured speakers at this daylong event will include:

  • Queen of the Valley Medical Center panel moderated by clinicians and cancer survivors
  • Jeremy R. Geffen, MD, FACP, a leading pioneer in integrative medicine and oncology, will present "The Seven Levels of Healing: Celebrating Life and Spirit on the Journey Through Cancer"
  • Lise Alschuler, ND, board certified in naturopathic oncology and celebrated author will explain, "Creating a Body That Cancer Doesn’t Like"
  • Jeff Metcalf, an award-winning playwright will present a remarkably honest and outrageously funny play entitled "A Slight Discomfort," about his experience with prostate cancer
  • Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD, a clinical research scientist, medical anthropologist, writer, speaker and thought leader for more than three decades will share her field-based research in the areas of human transformation, consciousness studies, worldview literacy and cultural healing
  • Gary Malkin, an Emmy award-winning composer and public speaker with a 25-year career, will present words and music that inspire the heart, bridge cross-cultural differences, and catalyze individual and collective healing
  • More program details, schedule, registration details and brochure

Jan Adrian, founder and Executive Director of Healing Journeys, an organization providing the Cancer as a Turning Point program around the country says, "Cancer is an issue that touches every one of us. Whether we've been diagnosed, are being treated, or are a friend or family member that is supporting someone with cancer, we need information, inspiration, support, and a sense of community."

"Modern medicine has developed, and will continue to develop wonderful, new medications and treatments for cancer," says Jaime Peñaherrera Director of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations, Queen of the Valley Medical Center, "But the power of the human spirit is still one of the most extraordinarily important tools for dealing with the complicated and difficult issues presented by this dread disease."

For more information and to register for this FREE event, call 1-800-423-9882



Introduction – Jan Adrian, MSW
Invocation – Sister Marian Schubert, CSJ, Vice President, Mission Integration Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Hero Song – Gary Malkin


The Seven Levels of Healing: Celebrating Life and Spirit on the Journey Through Cancer – Jeremy Geffen, MD




Creating a Body That Cancer Doesn’t Like – Lise Alschuler, ND


Lunch Networking Groups


Song by Gary Malkin


Next Steps – What can I do?
Queen of the Valley Medical Center panel


A Slight Discomfort – Prostate cancer drama written by Jeff Metcalf and performed by Paul Kiernan




Living Deeply: The Art & Science of Transformation in Everyday Life – Marilyn Schlitz, PhD


Music is Medicine for the Heart: Utilizing the Power of Music for Emotional and Spiritual Healing – Gary Malkin


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About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Neuroscience Center, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

About Healing Journeys
Healing Journeys, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, has been offering programs for people touched by cancer or any life-altering illness since 1994. Their signature program, Cancer as a Turning Point, From Surviving to Thriving™, offered free of charge, educates and inspires patients, survivors, family, support people, and health professionals. Knowing that cancer affects the whole person - mind, body, emotions, and spirit - they offer a balance of medical information, psychological/spiritual support, and creative expression. Their mission is to support healing, activate hope, and promote thriving. This program makes a real difference in the lives of survivors and in the practice of health care.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by improving the health and quality of life of people in the communities we serve.

For a free physician referral call 1-877-QUEEN LINE (1-877-783-3654) or visit

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