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Hospital of Central Connecticut Receives Connecticut Breast Health Initiative Grant

New Britain [April 03 2009] - The Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, Inc. has awarded The Hospital of Central Connecticut a $15,000 grant to help cover the services of a nurse navigator who will assist patients with breast cancer and other breast disease.

The hospital’s breast nurse navigator, Donna Boehm, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., works with patients who need breast biopsies and those diagnosed with breast cancer and other breast disease, following them from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.

Her role includes educating patients and their loved ones; helping patients make treatment decisions; advocating for patients during treatment; working with other healthcare professionals to coordinate care; and providing moral support.

“When people learn they have breast cancer, everything stops,” Boehm said. “Most are scared, and it’s hard for them to process all the information they’re receiving. My role is to calmly support them, answer their questions and empower them to make decisions about their treatment by ensuring they have the information they need.”

The Connecticut Breast Health Initiative grant will also help cover a patient resource manual, breast cancer education sessions and a breast cancer support group.

“We are extremely grateful for the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative’s generous grant, which will help ensure that patients get information, assistance and support when they need it most,” said James Massi, M.D., chief of Surgery at the hospital.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366














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