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Joanie Abdu

Joanie’s Promise.

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.

How Panerathon supports the JACBCC?

All proceeds for Panerathon support Joanie’s Promise Fund at the MercyHealth Foundation Mahoning Valley.

What is 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

Those who sponsor and participate in Panerathon will be saving lives! Through education and screenings, breast cancer rates in the Mahoning Valley will be reduced. We will not have the fourth highest breast cancer mortality rate in the country.

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.

Provided at the JACBCC is an entire spectrum of diagnostic breast care services:
  • Screening and diagnostic 3-dimensional digital mammography
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI
  • Nuclear Medicine (breast specific imaging)
  • Needle localizations
  • Biopsy services including ultrasound guided, stereotactic and MRI biopsies; cyst and fine needle aspirations
  • Bone density testing

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.

To schedule your mammogram, call 330.480.2654

“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

For more on Joanie’s Promise, download a brochure here







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