Hundreds attend the 14th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium


For Immediate Release
Contact:  Rosie Smith


Hundreds attend the 14th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium

Free, annual event provides education on prevention and treatment

 October 27, 2017 Marianna, FL -  Hundreds attended the 14th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium brought to the community free-of-charge through generous sponsorships from Jackson Hospital, The Jackson Hospital Foundation, North Florida Cancer Care, and Chipola Surgical & Medical Specialties group practice.  Rivertown Community Church – Marianna campus provided the perfect setting for the engaging evening of education and fellowship.


This year’s theme was “Unmasking Breast Cancer” and the program delivered on its promise featuring Dr. Rick Brunner’s historical perspective on the evolution of breast cancer treatment, Dr. John Nanfro’s new drug therapies presentation, and Genomics lecturer and consultant, Emily Glogowski’s moving video and presentation on inherited gene diseases and testing options.


A very special and personal survivor story was presented by Debbie Cloud, cancer-free for twelve years.


While participants come for the education, the fellowship over the served salad supper created a supportive atmosphere for sharing detection, treatment, and survival stories.


When the 2017 Triumph award was presented to 37-year educator, Pam Hardy, currently at Golson Elementary School, the house was on its feet applauding and celebrating her true “triumph over breast cancer.”  This year’s award was presented by Mrs. Edna Truitt, 2016’s Triumph recipient.


Mrs. Hardy, accompanied to the event by her husband, Dodge, sat in shock when her name was called.  She said afterwards, “Last night marked almost one year from my October 28, 2016 diagnosis, between which I have had 16 chemotherapy treatments and 33 radiation treatments.” She had all her services in Marianna. 


Any successful event takes much planning, preparation, and volunteers.  Kathryn Jordan, Jackson Hospital’s Community/Staff Educator thanks especially, Pastor Paul Smith, Angie Cozart, and the RCC staff, Jackson Hospital’s celebrated Dietary Department, Faye’s Flower Shoppe, JCARC, and Chipola College School of Health Sciences nursing students.  Further, through the generous donations by North Florida Cancer Care, Jackson Hospital Foundation, Covenant Hospice, Emerald Coast Hospice, and Kindred at Home, made the pink participant goodie bags possible.  A commemorative T-shirt, sponsored by Jackson Hospital, was provided to each participant.


For more information about Jackson Hospital’s Cancer Care services, contact Kathryn Jordan at 850.718.2661.  Visit Jackson Hospital's Facebook  page - to see  the Event's photo album.


About Jackson Hospital

Jackson hospital is an award-winning facility and is proud of its most recent award, the FHA Award of Significance in Reducing Harm Across the Board from the Florida Hospital Association at its Quality and Patient Safety Summit in September 2016.  Jackson Hospital's recognition is due to its success meeting the Partnership for Patients' goals in at least 80% of the applicable topic areas, reducing patient harm and readmissions and making the FHA Hospital Engagement Network so successful.  Statewide, the FHA estimates that hospitals in the HEN prevented 5,283 cases of harm, avoiding $28.7 million in health care costs. 


Before that award, designation as iVantage’s Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital.  The hospital, one of only 1,043 of more than 3,300 eligible, was recently recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals:  Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Immunization, and Perinatal Care.  The March of Dimes and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recognize Jackson Hospital as the first hospital in Florida’s panhandle for achieving an early elective delivery rate less than 5%.  The hospital was also recently designated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a Blue Distinctive Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program.

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