Harbin Clinic’s Amy Brooks Earns Health Literacy Hero Recognition for Work with Cancer Patients

Harbin Clinic, the largest physician-owned, multi-specialty healthcare group in Georgia, today announced that Harbin Clinic veteran Amy Brooks, RN, MSN, CNL, has been named a 2014 Health Literacy Hero as part of October’s Health Literacy Month observance.

Health Literacy Heroes are special individuals, teams, and organizations that identify health literacy problems and actively work to solve them. As a Clinical Nurse Leader and Case Manager at Harbin Clinic Tony E. Warren Cancer Center, Brooks is responsible for educating patients on how to take drugs orally to treat various types of cancer.

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be daunting and overwhelming, but that stress is further compounded when a patient’s treatment plan calls for them to administer their own medication at home without direct medical supervision. Brooks ensures that patients fully understand how and when to take their medication and are aware of the potential risks and side effects. She also teaches them to handle chemotherapeutic agents at home and advises on proper disposal and the importance of not making up missed doses.

“Amy is making a real difference in the lives of her patients each day by empowering them with vital information they need to take charge of their treatment, health, and overall healing,” said Dr. Matthew Mumber, chairman of the Radiation Oncology practice at Harbin Clinic. “It is important for patients to not only understand the specific type of cancer they have, but also why a certain treatment modality is recommended for combating it. Amy does an exceptional job of getting on the patient’s level and explaining very complicated diagnoses and treatment processes in a friendly and approachable way.”

For more information about Harbin Clinic cancer care services, call 762-235-3930. For a complete listing of this year’s Health Literacy Hero honorees, visit www.healthliteracymonth.org.