October 5, 2013
Jackie Smith, nurse navigator for The Memorial Hospital, holds up a bouquet of red roses in the radiology wing of TMH. The waiting room area is designed to soothe patients on their way to a screening, and all women receiving a mammogram can take home a rose and chocolates if they wish. Having survived breast cancer herself, Smith said she instinctively feels the compassion needed for her role as nurse navigator. The quilt of pink ribbons pictured behind her was made by former TMH employee Judy Downing in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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The opportunities for women’s health care in Northwest Colorado are better than ever, according to area professionals, and one part of that is the amount of awareness of what is available in way of care specific to females.