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Robin and Lauren Magaziner got the bad news at just about the same time. After a relative learned that her breast cancer was tied to having a BRCA1 gene mutation, the New Hope, Pennsylvania, mother/daughter pair also underwent genetic testing, and found that they, too, carried the harmful mutation.

Along with other elevated cancer risks, a BRCA1 mutation brings a 55 to 72% chance of developing breast cancer over an individual’s lifetime, according to the National Cancer Institute. The Magaziners came to the same conclusion: Rather than having what Lauren calls a “ticking time bomb” in their bodies, they both underwent double mastectomy with DIEP flap breast reconstruction, which uses abdominal tissue in place of implants.

Lauren, an author of middle-grade fiction, went first, in March 2022 and mother Robin, a retired school teacher, six weeks later. Each accompanied the other to appointments prior to surgery, providing shoulders to lean on at every step of their shared journey. Afterwards, instead of repeatedly driving from their remote Bucks County home to their surgeon’s office in West Philadelphia, they both also received regular visits from Erin McCarthy, registered nurse case manager with Penn Medicine at Home. McCarthy did everything from adjusting medication to checking and eventually removing their surgical drains. One time, when Robin developed an open wound, McCarthy used telemedicine to contact her surgeon so they could, as a team, examine and address the problem.

“Erin reached one of my doctors right away, and I was able to get medicine quicker because of her,” says Robin. “She was able to get the care I needed before it got worse.”

Robin Magaziner, a retired schoolteacher, had a prophylactic double mastectomy and breast reconstruction six weeks after her daughter, Lauren. Nurse Erin McCarthy helped both of them review medications, checked on wounds, and removed their surgical drains.

Having care at home saved the Magaziners time and stress after major surgery. “I loved that I was able to do this right from the house, because otherwise we’d have to drive 40 minutes and then wait in a doctor’s office,” says Lauren.

“Longer in traffic!” Robin interjects.

Plus, “during recovery, I didn’t feel comfortable being in the car because the seat belt pulls on your chest and stomach,” Lauren says.

“The vibrations from the car can make it painful,” Robin adds.

Penn Medicine provided nearly 730,000 home care visits for patients like Lauren

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Penn Medication Regarded as LGBTQ+ Health Care Equality Leader

PHILADELPHIA— Penn Medicine’s hospitals have been honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Basis, the educational arm of the nation’s premier lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights firm, for its commitment and dedication to LGBTQ+ inclusion.

The designations for Penn Medicine’s six acute care hospitals had been awarded in the 15th edition of the Human Rights Campaign’s Health care Equality Index (HEI), released this 7 days. Assessing a lot more than 900 wellness treatment amenities nationwide, the index is the countrywide benchmarking tool that evaluates wellness care facilities on guidelines and tactics committed to the equitable procedure and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, site visitors, and workers.

Health and fitness treatment amenities were being supplied a rating centered on 4 central pillars: foundational policies and schooling in LGBTQ+ client-centered treatment LGBTQ+ affected individual companies and help worker gains and insurance policies and affected person and neighborhood engagement. Contributors required to obtain a score of 100 details to make the foundation’s “Leader in LGBTQ Health care Equality” designation.

Based mostly on this conditions, Chester County Hospital, Lancaster Common Wellbeing, the Hospital of the College of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Health-related Heart, and Pennsylvania Clinic been given a rating of 100 details and are each individual named “Leaders in Healthcare Equality.” Princeton Health been given a score of 90 and is listed as a “Top Performer.”

Penn Medication is dedicated to guaranteeing that all sufferers have access to respectful, compassionate, and equitable overall health care at all times—and the HRC designation is an important portion of attempts to ensure well being equity for all. The Penn Medicine Plan for LGBT Well being was launched in 2013 to make improvements to the overall health of LGBTQ+ folks. Due to the fact then, the plan has promoted an LGBTQ-inclusive weather, supplied professional growth for LGBTQ+ staff, improved LGBTQ+ participation in Penn exploration initiatives, and improved affected person and household-centered treatment for LGBTQ+ people.

In addition to getting a beneficial resource and resource for overall health care companies, the Health care Equality Index is applied by LGBTQ+ individuals and their families to uncover amenities that provide equitable and inclusive treatment. For additional data about the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the 2022 Health care Equality Index, visit the Human Legal rights Marketing campaign homepage.


Penn Medicine is 1 of the world’s major tutorial healthcare facilities, committed to the linked missions of

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