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Jessica Quinlan-Woodward

Hospital Setting

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    Becca Sabot
    “My job is to comfort, advocate, care for, listen to, educate, and be present with my patients.”
  • Jessica Quinlan-Woodward
    Becca Sabot
    “Knowledge is power. Just be careful with searching the Internet. There is a lot of information out there that can scare or mislead you.”
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    Becca Sabot
    “Empowering patients is extremely rewarding. To watch a patient go from day one after surgery to a few days post-surgery is a beautiful thing to see.”

Medical/Surgical floor, Cancer Care Coordinator for the esophageal and gastric program
Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Ten years ago most doctors just shrugged if a patient inquired about acupuncture. But medicine is changing, and Jessica Quinlan-Woodward is on change’s cusp. She’s a co-investigator on a study assessing the impact of integrative therapies such as acupuncture on post-mastectomy patients. “I am excited to be a part of a time where integrative medicine is becoming more accepted and widely used. I believe it focuses on the whole person—mind, body, and soul.”

Abbott Northwestern is home to the integrative medicine center The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, so “we offer those services free to whoever comes through our door,” Quinlan-Woodward says. But it is her personal experience with a debilitating car accident, after which she successfully replaced pain medication with acupuncture, that drives her to see change through research.

The doctors are on board, too. “I went to the docs with the research, and all of them said, ‘Absolutely—anything that would help my patients and their quality of life. If you can provide evidence, we’ll change our care,’” she says. It’s coming.

Donald Brock

Donald Brock

Emergency Care

Jan Baller

Jan Baller

Lifetime Achievement

Johannes Koomen

Johannes Koomen

Long-Term Care

Laurel Edinburgh

Laurel Edinburgh

Children's Health

Cyrus Batheja

Cyrus Batheja

Administrative Leadership

Sandy Greenquist

Sandy Greenquist

Women's Health

Jodi Shewczyk

Jodi Shewczyk

Cancer Care

Erin Mehta

Erin Mehta

Clinic Setting

JoAnne Geiser

JoAnne Geiser

School Nurse

Gretchen Moen

Gretchen Moen

Nurse Practitioner

Jeff Paurus

Jeff Paurus

Nurse Educator

Jennifer Bucka

Jennifer Bucka

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