800 Biesterfield Road,
Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007
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Alexian Brothers Medical Center is a 387-bed acute care hospital located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois and has been providing comprehensive, quality healthcare to the northwest suburbs of Chicago for more than 40 years.
Alexian Brothers Medical Center has more than 900 physicians on staff, representing more than 80 medical and surgical specialties. Each year Alexian Brothers Medical Center treats more than 18,000 inpatients and performs thousands of inpatient and outpatient surgeries.
The Cancer Institute at Alexian Brothers Health System provides comprehensive oncology services at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, and St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates. We promote the healing of the whole person – body, mind and spirit – and are one of the highest volume cancer programs in the northwest suburbs.
Accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a comprehensive community hospital program, the Cancer Institute at Alexian Brothers Health System boasts five-year survival rates that exceed the American Cancer Society’s national statistics for breast, bladder, lung and colon cancers.
Kathleen Baronello RN, CBPN-IC
Breast Cancer Coordinator
Certified Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator
Jane Cosentino RN BSN OCN
Thoracic Oncology Nurse Navigator
The Cancer Institute at Alexian Brothers Health System
The diagnosis of lung cancer is a complex process that involves many different medical services and difference medical procedures and may include many different medical specialists. The nurse navigators streamline the diagnostic process, providing patients and their families with support and education for effective, timely care. We improve communication between the patient and oncology staff, improve patient satisfaction with providers and increase patient’s feelings of empowerment. The goal is to decrease the potential for fragmented care, delays, patient dissatisfaction and assist patients to make informed decisions.
Our team meets weekly to discuss patient cases in detail and develop an individualized treatment plan through a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach. Our team includes physicians from radiology, pulmonary, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pathology, primary care and ancillary staff; social worker, palliative care, and research team. The nurse navigators coordinate the meeting and then assist the patients with scheduling necessary appointments.
The pulmonary nodule has been started to and screen patients at risk for lung cancer with the overall program goal of diagnosis of more early stage lung cancer.
You and your family will have the opportunity to work with a Thoracic Oncology Navigator who will provide support and guidance in coordinating your care with physicians.
I have spent the past 25 plus years in many oncology nursing rolls. I spend 10 years in a medical oncology office delivering chemotherapy. During the time I returned to school for my BSN, I spent two years working on an in-patient bone marrow transplant unit. My experience includes 6 years working in a radiation oncology setting. This is my second nurse navigator experience. My personal philosophy – I work to assist the patient and their family during a very stressful experience. I work for the hospital (in other words) I work for the patient. My job satisfaction comes from making a stressful confusing situation in small manageable pieces. I work towards achieving the goals of the patient.
Ruth Todd, RN, BSN, CMS, CBPN-IC
Breast Health Navigator, Certified MammaCare Specialist
Manager, MammaCare Training Center
Alexian Brothers Cancer Institute
800 Biesterfield Rd., Suite 120
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Ms.Todd received her RN degree from the Copley Hospital School of Nursing in Aurora, Illinois and her BSN from the U. of I., Chicago Campus School of Nursing. She worked as a Public Health Nurse at DuPage County Public Health Department in Wheaton, Illinois for over 20 years. During those years she served in various capacities including coordinating the STD Clinic for 6 years and managing the Federally and State funded pilot and subsequently established program for the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (IBCCP) for 12 years. Currently Ms.Todd manages the Alexian Brothers Robin Troiani MammaCare Training Center and is the Breast Health Navigator for the Alexian Brothers Cancer Institute in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.
Ms. Todd convened the Well Woman Coalition of DuPage in 1996 which served as advisor to the IBCCP providing community education and early detection efforts for breast and cervical cancer. The coalition included members from the 6 area hospitals and various community organizations having a common interest in addressing women’s health with an emphasis on Breast Cancer. This coalition still exists today.
Ms. Todd was awarded Illinois Public Health Worker of the Year in 1998. As President for the Chicagoland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors 2010-2012 she received the first Komen Chicago Founder Award having served with Komen Chicago since it was founded in 1995. Ms. Todd also served on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force from 2007-2011.