For the 21st year in a row, Johns Hopkins Hospital was rated as a top hospital by U.S. News and World Report, and in 2011 ranked third overall in cancer treatment. As the first major medical school in the country to admit women, and the first facility to require physicians to wear rubber gloves during surgery, Hopkins Medicine has lead the way in progressive medical methodology since it opened in 1889. Hopkins is the birthplace of many medical specialties, including neurosurgery, urology, endocrinology and pediatrics.
The Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center has earned an equally impressive reputation, recognized as having “best practice” for patient navigation, education, and support by the National Consortium of Breast Centers and the HealthCare Advisory Board. Its administrative director, Lillie Shockney, was the recipient of the most “Amazing Nurse” award last year in a nationally publicized contest sponsored by Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future. CNN recognized Lillie’s work with breast cancer patients in its broadcast Heroes: An All-Star Tribute which aired in December of 2011.
“We feel incredibly blessed to have received a grant to partially fund the Johns Hopkins breast health/breast cancer navigation program. When a woman hears those words “you have breast cancer” she is at her most frightened and vulnerable time of her life. Having a nurse navigator who is also a breast cancer survivor for navigation, support, education, and follow up is an incredible resource for patients to have. A nurse navigator is a vision of hope, a touchstone through the patient’s diagnosis and treatment.” – Lillie Shockney, RN, BS, MAS, Administrative Director, the Johns Hopkins Breast Center
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