Brattleboro Memorial Hospital President and CEO, Steven R. Gordon announced today that the hospital has been awarded a $27,600 grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) to underwrite the services of BMH’s Breast Care Nurse Navigator.

“We’re very appreciative of NBCF’s support of this important program,” said Gordon. “Our Nurse Navigator offers critical support and advocacy to our patients facing breast cancer by helping them access services and linking them with the resources they need.”

nbcfBMH’s Breast Care Nurse Navigator supports patients and their families through diagnostic testing, screening, treatment and post-screening or treatment follow-up. The Navigator also connects patients with resources such as financial and transportation assistance, wigs, and prosthetics and refers patients to other medical/surgical, psychosocial, integrative medicine spiritual and survivorship services.

BMH’s Breast Care Nurse Navigator, Dr. Kelly McCue, DNP, RN, said that in addition to providing direct support services for breast cancer patients, funds from the grant will be used to conduct community outreach and education regarding breast health and available local resources. “These funds help us connect our patients with the resources they need when facing a breast cancer diagnosis. It can be an overwhelming time for patients and their families, so a Nurse Navigator can help them coordinate services and get the information they need to make informed decisions about their care.”

This grant is the fifth such award BMH has received from the NBCF, whose mission is “to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services.” According to Gordon, “BMH’s Breast Care Nurse Navigator’s services are very much in alignment with the foundation’s mission,” he said “Comprehensive breast care involves so much more than treatment alone. NCBF is a leader in advocating for the full spectrum of services for breast cancer patients and their families – everything from community outreach to breast prostheses. It’s a privilege to partner with them in this important work.”