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Nurse Honored With Healthcare Leadership Award 

 Maine Breast Health Cooperative honors Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute nurse
for outstanding breast health and breast cancer care in Maine

September 30, 2009

Scarborough - Elizabeth "Betsy" St. Germain, Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute Clinical Nurse Specialist, will be honored with this year's Maine Breast Health Cooperative Breast Health Leadership Award.

The Breast Health Leadership Award is presented annually during the month of October to acknowledge a Mainer who has made an exceptional contribution by promoting breast health, improving awareness and understanding of breast cancer, or working toward elimination of the disease. Two awards are available to recognize professional and volunteer efforts that have contributed to breast health/breast cancer on the community, state, and/or national level.

St. Germain was nominated by her peers at the Maine Breast Nurse Network - of which she is a founding member - and is recognized as a healthcare professional whose efforts in the workplace go above and beyond what is expected.

"We are very proud of her, Betsy does a tremendous job here at the MMCCI," says Donna Green, Clinical Nurse Manager at Maine Medical Center's Cancer Institute. "Her skills and expertise are evidenced by many years of volunteerism, development of the Breast Health education program in 1994 leading to the comprehensive Breast Care program at Maine Medical Center and the hundreds of hours spent mentoring other nurses in the area of breast health and breast cancer."

St. Germain will be receiving her award at the 12th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month Silver Tea on Wednesday, September 30, at the Blaine House in Augusta.

The Maine Leadership Award for Breast Health, created in 1998, is a collaborative effort of the American Cancer Society, the Maine Breast and Cervical Health Program, the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition, Maine Breast Nurse Network, the Maine Cancer Foundation, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure - all working collectively to reduce the impact of breast cancer in Maine.

Maine Medical Center (MMC) is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1864, MMC is the state's largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 6,000 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is a member of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in southern, central, and western Maine.


Adriano Ciccomancini
Maine Medical Center
(207) 662-5032



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