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Free Breast Cancer Awareness w/Synagogue Sisterhood
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Medical Oncologist and Breast Surgeon to Speak

Pontiac, Mich.-St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) and the Congregation Shaarey Zedek Sisterhood will join for a free program in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at the synagogue, 27375 Bell Rd., Southfield.

SJMO Medical Director of Oncology Services Judie Goodman, DO; and SJMO Director of Breast Services Amy Kirby, MD, are the speakers. Dr. Kirby, who has a private breast surgery practice in Pontiac, earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Illinois College of Medicine and completed her residency training at SJMO. Dr. Kirby is board certified in general surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

She is a member of the Michigan Chapter of Young Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. Goodman is the Cancer Committee Chair at SJMO and a medical oncologist specializing in breast cancer. She earned her medical degree at the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, and completed her internship and residency at Botsford General Hospital. Dr. Goodman completed a Hematology fellowship at Oakland General Hospital and an Oncology Fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital.

She has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University and on the staffs of many metro Detroit hospitals. She holds membership in many professional medical associations and has delivered numerous lectures. Dr. Goodman has published extensively in her field, given many presentations and has been involved in clinical research.

Sisterhood members helping to coordinate the program are Linda Cohen, Sisterhood President; and Wendy Arnold and Karyn Sokol, Programming Co-Chairs.

The public is invited free of charge.

SJMO recently was granted three-year accreditation with six commendations for its cancer program by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS).

Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
  • Quality of care close to home

Cancer care at SJMO offers a multidisciplinary continuum of advanced cancer treatment, from acute inpatient care to outpatient services, cutting-edge diagnostic and surgical options and award-winning palliative care. SJMO's program accreditation with commendation by the ACS demonstrates that SJMO meets the highest quality care standards. The hospital also holds National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation for its breast cancer program and its Breast Imaging Center was one of the first Breast Imaging Center of Excellence programs in the state recognized by the American College of Radiology. SJMO's cancer program is a member of the Mercy Cancer Network. As one of Michigan's largest cancer networks, the Mercy Cancer Network delivers advanced medicine to local communities, offering the latest in cancer diagnostics, clinical research trials and therapeutic technology.

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