A Seattle-based foundation has donated $1 million to City of Hope to train clinicians in meeting the mental, social and spiritual needs of cancer patients.

The gift from the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation will help educate oncologists, nurses and other health care professionals in Southern California and across the nation.

City of Hope’s Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center at the Duarte hospital, which specializes in holistic cancer care, will guide the training.

Its “supportive care medicine” program focuses on addressing the broader psychological, social and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones in tandem with their clinical cancer care.

The Biller gift will help educate clinicians at some of the local City of Hope health care clinics in addition to 1,500 top health professionals across the U.S.

The Biller foundation was launched in 2001 by Sheri and Leslie S. Biller, a retired vice chairman and chief operating officer at Wells Fargo Bank Los Angeles.

Health business reporter Dana Bartholomew can be reached at dbartholomew@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @_DanaBart.

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