Herald JournalHerald Journal, Sept. 5, 2005

New Germany resident named cancer center manager

By Ryan Gueningsman
Staff Writer

A desire to help people has led Nancy Menth of New Germany to become manager of the St. Francis Cancer Center in Shakopee.

Menth will be responsible for promoting exceptional patient care and expanding the center’s services to meet the needs of a growing community.

“It’s a thrill for me to work in a community hospital in such a healing and caring environment,” Menth said. “Our medical team is committed to providing the highest quality care and the latest cancer treatments for patients, right in their own backyard. The hospital’s expansion will allow us to double our patient care space and add additional staff. It’s an exciting and challenging opportunity that I’m proud to be a part of.”

Menth grew up in northern Minnesota and also spent time living in St. Paul, but admits she is a country girl at heart, and said the worst part of being in health care is being indoors so much.

“I’m a country girl,” Menth said. “I feel I have the best of both worlds.”

Her family owns and operates the Menth Dairy Farm, located on Carver County Road 32, near New Germany.

Menth, and her husband, Robert, along with Robert’s brother, Dan, work the large dairy farm on a daily basis. The two have a blended family of six children; Jason McNellis, Chris McNellis, Jackie Menth, Jennifer Menth, Jill Menth, and Jason Menth.

The youngest, Jason, is a senior this year at Waconia High School. Jennifer is a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and the other children all live in the Twin Cities area.

“Any spare time we have is family related,” Menth said. “We also love to fish. Many people call Bob to ask where the fish are biting.”

Menth received her bachelor of arts degree in nursing from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul.

She received her master’s degree in human and health services administration from St. Mary’s University in Minneapolis.

Prior to joining St. Francis, Menth served as program manager and care coordinator at Fairview Southdale Breast Center, where she helped more than double its size and the services provided.

She has also served in multiple roles at Fairview University Medical Center.

The St. Francis Cancer Center is among the many hospital departments to experience an increase in patient volumes, especially considering the population boom in Scott and Carver counties. The center has been experiencing 30 percent volume growth annually.

The St. Francis Cancer Center includes a medical oncology clinic, an infusion therapy clinic, counseling and support services, clinical trials, and a cancer registry.

It offers education and cancer awareness to the community, in addition to free cancer screenings.

The cancer center will host a free cervical cancer screening Thursday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The center is especially interested in reaching the Hispanic and Russian communities with this service. To schedule an appointment, call the “Ask St. Francis” line at (952) 403-2000. 

The cancer center also hosts the “Spring Connection,” an annual event that pays tribute to female cancer survivors.

In 2005, the annual St. Francis Foundation Tee One For Hope Golf Tournament raised nearly $15,000 for the St. Francis Cancer Center.

For more information on the St. Francis Cancer Center, call (952) 403-2031.

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