SMHC Oncology Nurse Navigator Peggy Belanger receives prestigious national award from the American Cancer Society

November 06, 2017

Only caregiver from Maine to receive the award in 2018


Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) Oncology Nurse Navigator Peggy Belanger, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N. has been named a recipient of the 2018 American Cancer Society Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award. Belanger is one of only seven individuals across the country to receive this high honor. The Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award is a prestigious national distinction that recognizes individuals for their leadership in serving the complex needs of cancer patients and their families, and consistently providing excellent cancer care. Belanger is the only Maine recipient of the award in 2018.

"Peggy is a remarkable caregiver," said SMHC President and CEO Ed McGeachey. "She puts her heart and soul into the care she provides to our cancer patients. At a time that might be the most hopeless point of a person’s life, Peggy is there to provide support, strength, guidance, and perhaps most importantly, hope. She is incredibly deserving of this national recognition from the American Cancer Society."

"As an oncology nurse navigator, Peggy guides patients and their families throughout their cancer journey," added Cancer Care Service Line Director William Perron, R.N. "Her caring, empathetic nature is recognized by patients and colleagues alike. She understands the importance of helping the patient and family process the impact of a cancer diagnosis on all levels. Peggy’s dedication to, and passion for, patient-centered care is astounding, and ultimately has changed hundreds of lives over the 33 years she has been at SMHC."

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), this award also represents the concept of the "warm hand of service," which is an integral part of the American Cancer Society’s commitment to excellence in cancer care and specifically emphasized by Lane W. Adam when he served as executive vice president of the ACS. Lane’s definition of the warm hand of service was to "serve others and enrich the purpose of one’s existence." Peggy has volunteered with the ACS for more than 30 years, and is an 11-year volunteer with ACS Cancer Action Network. Her dedication to easing the burdens of cancer have been recognized through two prestigious awards including the American Cancer Society’s 2015 Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award, and the 2014 Southern Maine Health Care Caregiver of the Year Award. Peggy volunteers for a free medical clinic to help the underserved and uninsured patients in her community and she founded a choral group that performs for hospice patients. She embodies warmth, compassion and care that are needed to help someone through their cancer journey.

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission "to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve."  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit,, or