The Inspiration for the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center

Meet Joanie Abdu

Joanie Abdu served as a head nurse at St. Elizabeth for more than 20 years. She was a role model for other nurses and was highly respected by physicians, staff, patients and families. After she married Dr. Rashid Abdu, she volunteered for many projects and fundraising activities at St. Elizabeth. In 1993, Joanie was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She lost her battle and died June 2, 1994, 15 months to the day she was diagnosed. After Joanie’s death, Dr. Abdu became committed to researching, planning and creating the development of a comprehensive breast care center at St. Elizabeth, where diagnosis time is shortened to a few days to eliminate the agonizing wait for patients and family members, where physicians treating each patient confer on the best treatment options for each individual patient, and where other complementary services are offered in addition to medical services.


“Through my ears, Joanie hears the voices of grateful women for the care they will receive in this magnificent facility.
Through my eyes, she sees the reality of what once was only a dream. Through our souls, we both see the beauty, the love, the compassion and the generosity of a caring community that has made that dream come true. 
We are, and will always be, eternally grateful.”

  - Dr. Rashid Abdu