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Nurse clinician Helen Mark one of six Ontarians to receive Cancer Care Ontario’s Human Touch Award

from the May 16, 2011 issue of Connect

Nurse clinician Helen Mark one of six Ontarians to receive Cancer Care Ontario’s Human Touch Award

Cancer Care Ontario honours Helen Mark, nurse clinician in the Henrietta Banting Breast Centre at Women’s College Hospital, with a Human Touch Award, acknowledging the exceptional care she provides to breast cancer patients.

The annual Human Touch Awards are presented to six front-line health-care professionals and volunteers in Ontario who work tirelessly to provide a better life for patients living with cancer. The recipients exemplify kindness, compassion and professionalism.

“We are thrilled Helen is being recognized for her hard work, dedication and compassion,” says Vicky Noguera, director, surgical services, Women’s College Hospital. “She lifts the spirits of patients and staff alike with her wonderful sense of humour and open heart.”

Mark is overjoyed with the recognition of such a prestigious award. She explains that “while receiving awards is always gratifying, this one is special as it speaks to the values that are most important to me and to Women’s College Hospital.”

Throughout her 33 years at WCH Mark has helped develop programs and initiatives to support and encourage patients and to educate health-care practitioners, ensuring they deliver the most up-to-date care possible. Some of the programs she has been instrumental in establishing include:

  • Breast Cancer Reconstruction Workshops designed to educate patients considering breast reconstruction surgery
  • Breast Site Rounds, an interdisciplinary meeting where health-care providers share new information with their team
  • designing a necklace representing beauty and transformation, which is presented to every Breast Centre patient who has completed treatment

Mark, who is a strong patient advocate, is routinely recognized by patients and their families for providing outstanding care and support.

“Helen’s radiant warm smile, heart of gold and passion for patient care exceeds everything you could ever expect from a health-care professional,” explains Ilona Setten, administrative assistant, Breast Centre, Women’s College Hospital. 

Vicky Noguera, director surgical services, with Helen Mark, nurse clinician and Dr. John Semple, chief of surgery
Vicky Noguera, director surgical services, with Helen Mark, nurse clinician and Dr. John Semple, chief of surgery


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