‘Promise’ helps women with breast care

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Joanie’s Promise started last November and within the past few weeks has helped more than 500 uninsured or under-insured women.

The program ensures every woman in the Mahoning Valley has access to services at the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, covering screening expenses for all women who demonstrate financial need.

Over the summer, the center received national accreditations. Co-Director Dr. Nancy Gantt said an inter-disciplinary meeting is held every Wednesday morning to determine the best plan of care.

“Every single patient that’s been diagnosed in the center has her entire case reviewed anonymously by everyone that could potentially be involved in care from the radiologist to the pathologist,” said Gantt. “Our breast navigator, radiation oncology, medical oncology, all the staff of the breast center, the breast surgeons are there and all the patients referring physicians along with their primary care doctors and gynecologists are invited.”

Joanie’s Promise is funded by a grant from the Humility of Mary Health Partners Foundation. The largest fundraiser benefiting Joanie’s Promise is the Panerathon, which has raised close to $1 million in the past four years.

On Wednesday, free health screenings, including breast exams and mammograms, were provided for low-income women between the ages of 40 and 64 at the Joanie Abdu Breast Care Center at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

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