The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center (JACBCC) at St. Elizabeth Health Center delivers the most accurate prevention, early detection, diagnosis and support services available in an environment of compassionate and coordinated care.
HISTORY OF THE JACBCC
Joanie Abdu served as a beloved nurse at St. Elizabeth for more than 20 years. She was a role model for other nurses and was highly respected by physicians, staff, patients and families. After she married Dr. Rashid Abdu, she volunteered for many projects and fundraising activities at St. Elizabeth. In 1993, Joanie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She lost her battle and died June 2, 1994, 15 months to the day she was diagnosed. After Joanie’s death, Dr. Abdu became committed to researching, planning and creating the development for a comprehensive breast care center at St. Elizabeth. At this center, diagnosis time is shortened to eliminate the agonizing wait for patients and family members. Physicians treating patients confer on the best treatment options for each individual patient, and other corresponding services are offered in addition to medical services.