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THE JACBCC

The breast cancer mortality rate in the Mahoning Valley is among the highest in the nation. 100% of proceeds from Panerathon go directly to the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley to support the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center (JACBCC) at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. The JACBCC delivers the most accurate prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and support services in an environment of compassionate and coordinated care.

ABOUT THE JACBCC

Joanie Abdu was a nurse at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for more than 20 years. She loved taking care of her patients, and they loved her. Everyone loved Joanie, most of all, her husband, Rashid Abdu M.D. When she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer her husband was sure they could fight the disease together and beat it. They traveled to other states to find the best technology. Unfortunately, Joanie lost her battle with the disease and passed away June 2, 1994 – 15 months from her initial diagnosis. Before she died, her husband promised her he would create a world class breast care center in her honor, so others wouldn’t have to travel all over for the best care. In 2011 the doors to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center opened. Since then, thousands of women have been cared for at the facility. It has won attention and awards locally, regionally, and nationally.

HOW PANERATHON SUPPORTS THE JACBCC

All proceeds for Panerathon support Joanie’s Promise Fund at the Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley. Funds raised through Panerathon made possible a state-of-the-art mobile mammography unit that has been operational since September 2016. It is the first mobile unit in eastern Ohio to offer 3D mammography, which allows for a more thorough breast examination. There are approximately 24 sites serviced a month throughout the tri-county area by this unit, and from September 2016 to December 2018, over 3,626 exams were performed.

JOANIE’S PROMISE?

Joanie’s Promise is that ALL women will have access to the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center. Therefore, screening expenses are covered for any woman who qualifies financially. Also, transportation will be provided for any woman who requires it.

Joanie’s Promise also supports a community educator who is dedicated to spreading the word about Joanie’s Promise and educating the community about the importance of breast cancer screenings.

In short, Joanie’s Promise will ensure that every woman in the Mahoning Valley is aware of, able to get to, and is welcome at the JACBCC regardless of the ability to pay.

Those who sponsor and participate in Panerathon will be saving lives!

 

 

“Through my ears, Joanie hears the voices of grateful women for the care they will receive in this magnificent facility. Through my eyes, she sees the reality of what once was only a dream. Through our souls, we both see the beauty, the love, the compassion and the generosity of a caring community that has made that dream come true. We are, and will always be, eternally grateful.”

– DR. RASHID ABDU

WHAT IS THE JACBCC?

At the JACBCC, we strive to lessen the anxiety caused by uncertainty by providing the most rapid screening and diagnostic results possible.

The JACBCC implements a multi-disciplinary approach for patients diagnosed with cancer by reviewing each case in a weekly breast care conference by oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, surgeons and palliative medicine specialists to determine the optimum plan of care.

Breast cancer is a disease best fought with the support of a breast health navigator. The breast health navigator is a health care professional who provides education and support for decision-making when you need it most. But more importantly, the breast health navigator serves as a compassionate and knowledgeable guide, steering you through an often overwhelming process.

Provided at the JACBCC is an entire spectrum of diagnostic breast care services:

BONE DENSITY TESTING

NEEDLE LOCALIZATIONS

SCREENING AND DIAGNOSTIC 3-DIMENSIONAL DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY

ULTRASOUND
or
MRI

NUCLEAR MEDICINE (BREAST SPECIFIC IMAGING)

BIOPSY SERVICES INCLUDING ULTRASOUND GUIDED, STEREOTACTIC AND MRI BIOPSIES; CYST AND FINE NEEDLE ASPIRATIONS

TO SCHEDULE YOUR MAMMOGRAM:


CALL 330.480.2654