Karen Jorgensen Joins Breast Cancer Resource Center as Program Coordinator | Good for Santa Barbara
Posted on January 9, 2022
Karen Jorgensen joined the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara (BCRC) as Program Coordinator and Cancer Navigator. BCRC provides essential free services to people experiencing breast cancer in the community of Santa Barbara,
Jorgensen holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is a Registered Nurse, Breast Oncology Nurse, Certified Patient Navigator and Women’s Health Advocate.
Jorgensen worked in health care as an educator and activist for almost 10 years with a focus on women’s health before earning her BSN and becoming a registered nurse. In 2010, she began her work in breast oncology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston as a nurse coordinator at the BreastCare Center, working with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.
In 2013, she was recruited by the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with the Sansum Clinic (now the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center), where she worked as a pivot nurse specializing in breast cancer.
âA cancer diagnosis also comes with an often busy schedule of appointments, tests and tasks; as a navigator, I could be the âGPSâ and help guide patients through the complex health system. Now my goal is to help BCRC clients feel fully supported on their cancer journey, âsaid Jorgensen.
âI’m excited to bring my experience and knowledge as a Cancer Navigator to BCRC, but more importantly, I want our clients to feel supported and cared for every time they contact us, whether through phone or in person, that they need someone to talk to, or just a quiet place to come and sit and know they’re not alone, âshe said.
âI want to be a familiar face who is there to provide education and answer questions, relieve anxiety and remove barriers that may hinder care,â she said. âAs the Programs Coordinator, I hope to bring meaningful content to the various educational and support services that BCRC offers to clients and our community.
âMy hope is to continue to connect with local health care providers letting them know that the BCRC is available to provide essential support services. “
The BCRC is a local, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1997. The BCRC commemorates 25 years of compassionate support to those facing the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer, or breast cancer problems. breast health. The BCRC is located at 55 Hitchcock Way and is funded solely through its fundraising events and dedicated donor base.