2012-2013 Grant Recipients

April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013
Total Grant Funding: $1,300,758

Screening/Treatment/Genetics Programs:

Bethesda Women’s Health Center – Screening/Treatment/Genetics – Boynton Beach
Project Director: Angelia Palahunik (561) 374-5304

Boca Raton Regional Hospital Women’s Health Center for Breast Care –
Screening/Treatment – Boca Raton

Community Contact: Troy Bingham (561) 955-4294

Indiantown Community Outreach, Inc. – Screening & Diagnosis – Martin County
This program will “Fill the Gap” to provide early diagnosis of breast disease for those who do not qualify for current programs. Services will be provided through partnerships with the Martin County Health Department to perform clinical breast exams and with health care providers to perform imaging and diagnostic services
Project Director: Jacqueline Clarke (772) 285-8938

Jupiter Medical Center – Screening/Treatment/Genetics – Jupiter
Project Director: Gail Cooper-Parks (561) 427-0128

Lakeside Medical Center – Screening – Western Palm Beach County
Project Director: Bruce Sample (561) 996-6571

Martin Memorial Hospital – Screening/Treatment – Martin County and southern half of St. Lucie County
Project Director: Debra Lewandowski (772) 223-5945 x3717

Pink Tie Friends – Treatment – Martin and St. Lucie Counties
Project Director: Cheryl Caldwell (772) 785-8730

Volunteers of Medicine – Screening – Martin County
Project Director: Elizabeth Tsarnas (772) 463-4128 x207


Bethesda Women’s Health Center: “Bethesda Women’s Health Center Breast Health Navigator”
The Breast Health Navigator program consists of a registered nurse who is certified in Breast Health. The Navigator assists all patients needing education and information regarding breast health; counsels patients referred for biopsy and diagnosed with breast cancer; and provides support for their family members.
Project Director: Delmarie Butler (561) 374-5300

Boca Raton Regional Hospital:
“The Center for Breast Care / Women’s Center Clinical Navigator Program”

The Clinical Navigator program provides quality care based on a diverse patient population and community needs. The complexity of the health care system, including multiple appointments, testing, financial and personal concerns is addressed through this service. The clinical navigator takes the mystery out of breast health and dispels the myths concerning care diagnosis and treatment options. The Navigator offers support, education and clinical expertise allowing each patient to receive individualized care and attention.
Project Director: Elizabeth Linden (561) 955-3772
Patient Navigator: Jackie Stumpf (561) 955-3382

Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope:
The Cancer Alliance of Help & Hope financial assistance program provides assistance with rent/mortgage, utilities, car payments, car insurance and health insurance, to breast cancer patients of all ages who are having financial problems while undergoing treatment, The funds go directly to the vendor, allowing patients to use that money to help with treatment and co-pays and other financial needs. The grant distributes assistance to women who live in Palm Beach Country and receive treatment in the county, as well as to women who live outside the county but receive treatment in the county.
Project Director: Jean Fischer (561) 748-7227

Caridad Clinic: “Caridad Health Clinic-Breast Care Program”
This program located at the Caridad Health Clinic provides breast care education, mammograms and referrals for women living in rural areas of Palm Beach County. This unique one-stop program provides culturally appropriate breast health awareness presentations and materials, followed by a baseline or annual follow-up mammogram. This approach reduces barriers of transportation, language and time while promoting a trusting relationship with Caridad. The Patient Liaison expertly guides women through every step of the program.
Project Director: Lucille Guzman (561) 369-0932 x105

Indiantown Community Outreach, Inc. “The Breast Health Awareness and Access Project, Indiantown”
This breast health education and navigation program consists of two trilingual breast health navigators who provide outreach and education to this community and assist with transportation and interpretation services for clinical breast exam and mammogram appointments. The western part of Martin County is an underserved and impoverished area in Florida, and experiences a greater incidence of breas cancer.
Project Director: Jacqueline Clarke (772) 285-8938

In the Image of Christ: “The Breast Health Liaison”
The Breast Health Liaison program conducts outreach education and breast health referrals to residents of Fort Pierce. Preventative education and the importance of breast exams and mammograms are emphasized. This program increases both the awareness and access to early diagnosis and treatment, with the goal of reducing health care costs and mortality.
Project Director: Hazel Holyman (772) 461-7788

Jupiter Medical Center: “Breast Cancer Patient Navigator”
The Breast Cancer Patient Navigator is an oncology nurse who provides services to all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients. The navigaor helps guide breast cancer patients through the difficult and confusing maze of appointments and decisions to be made. The navigator assists patients through their entire course of care: providing both patient and family members with ongoing education and support.
Patient Navigator: Dawn Bitgood (561) 263-3604

Marie Louise Cancer Foundation:
“Breast Cancer Awareness, Prevention, & Early Detection within the Haitian Community”

This program offers monthly breast health education forums, and support groups in Creole at Marie Louise Cancer Foundation as well as at local churches and high schools in Palm Beach County. Timely follow up calls are made to encourage forum attendees to have their regular breast screenings. The Foundation also hosts weekly health programs on two AM radio stations that are broadcast from Palm Beach to St. Lucie Counties, with the participation of many renowned French and Haitian-Creole speaking physicians. Through this venue, breast health awareness and education is promoted, along with other relevant health topics.
Project Director: Francette Ciceron (561) 414-5511

Martin Memorial Cancer Center: “Breast Health Navigator”
The Breast Health Navigator program’s purpose is to act as a guide through the health care system. The team’s goal is to navigate patients, including those with and without health insurance, giving them access to care and services in a timely fashion in our community. The Breast Health Navigator Team consists of an oncology certified registered nurse and a licensed clinical oncology social worker, who are experienced in cancer care. They offer screening for eligibility of any needed services, including referrals, along with information and counseling focused on the special needs of those with breast cancer. Additionally the Navigator Team coordinates with Indiantown Community Outreach, Inc. to provide transportation to residents of Indiantown in order that they may access services at Martin Memorial Health Systems.
Patient Navigator: Andrea Schwerdt (772) 223-5945 x3717

Molly’s House, Inc. “Pilot Program for Lodging Assistance for Breast Cancer Patients & Their Families”
This program provides temporary overnight lodging or day-time respite for patients and their families who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer at the Robert and Carol Weissman Cancer Center at Martin Memorial North. Molly’s House provides an affordable, safe alternative to costly housing options so that patients and their families can focus more on treatment and less on finances.
Project Director: Louise Murtaugh (772) 223-6659

Palm Beach Cancer Institute Foundation/Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Care:
“The Comprehensive Lymphedema Program”

The Comprehensive Lymphedema Program addresses breast cancer survivors concerns and treatment as it relates to the condition of Lymphedema by providing early detection and treatment services using the internationally accepted standard of care. The program provides breast cancer survivors with Complete Decongestive Therapy which includes sufficient manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging and garments, exercise instruction, skin and body care, and education on the lymphatic system and self-management. The Lymphedema Specialist, also provides education to the community, specifically for women at risk for the condition and healthcare providers, about the lymphatic system, the importance of Lymphedema early detection and intervention in breast cancer patients, and on treatment protocols.
Project Director: Christine Morgan (561) 578-5900

Planned Parenthood of the Palm Beach and Treasure Coast Area, Inc.:
“Breast Health Community Education”

This program reaches culturally diverse populations in both educational and community settings in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie Counties. The most current breast health information, including prevention and treatment options is provided in presentations available to high schools, faith-based organizations, and community groups in both English and Spanish. The goals of this program are to break the cycle of high-risk behavior and to promote early breast cancer screening habits among women in our local community through increased knowledge and healthy lifestyles. Presentations are free of charge and may be scheduled by calling Planned Parenthood.
Project Director: Cory Neering (561) 848-6402 x305