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Hospital Welcomes Cancer Patient Navigator

For Immediate Release
December 10, 2007
Sharon Sopp

Hospital Welcomes Cancer Patient Navigator

Columbia, MD A diagnosis of cancer can turn a person’s world upside down. Priorities quickly shift from everyday concerns to understanding the diagnosis, choosing physicians and treatment options, and focusing on battling the disease. The experience often is daunting and confusing.

Patients facing a cancer diagnosis at Howard County General Hospital now have an important new resource to which they can turn: Cancer Patient Navigator Rebecca Peacock. The position was created through the combined support of the American Cancer Society, the Howard Hospital Foundation and the Horizon Foundation. As the navigator, Peacock is helping cancer patients access resources in the hospital and throughout the community.

A cancer survivor herself, Peacock can empathize with her patients. “I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of 17,” explained Peacock. “As a survivor, I offer newly diagnosed patients the practical experience of having been there. My job is to be a conduit for resources and, although I cannot make cancer a good situation for anyone, I can make a bad situation easier to cope with.”

As a young cancer survivor, Peacock became involved in the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and spent several years both as a volunteer and a staff member. She has also served as an American Cancer Society volunteer for five years, coordinating the Towson Relay for Life and speaking at numerous survivor events.

“We are very fortunate to be able to offer the services of a cancer patient navigator to our newly diagnosed cancer patients,” said Victor A. Broccolino, president/CEO of Howard County General Hospital. “With the support of the American Cancer Society, the Howard Hospital Foundation, and the Horizon Foundation, this program is truly a joint effort to provide support for our community members during a trying time.”

Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine since 1998 is a 219-bed, not-for-profit, health care provider located in Columbia, Maryland. Serving the community since 1973, the hospital, with a professional staff of over 800 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 70 specialties and subspecialties, and a workforce of more than 1,700, has grown into a comprehensive, acute-care medical center that treats a full range of conditions from neonatal care to oncology and outpatient care to critical care.



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