NEW HYDE PARK, NY –Southeast Queens residents have known Ann Stephens in their community for decades as an advocate dedicated to educating women and their families about cancer prevention and treatment. Recently, Ms. Stephens, an outreach coordinator for the Cancer Services Program at LIJ Medical Center, received an unexpected honor – a proclamation for her service and achievements given by Leroy Comrie, a New York City Councilman representing Jamaica, at a recent ceremony held at LIJ.
At the recognition event at LIJ, Ms. Stephens was surprised by her colleagues at the hospital and other healthcare facilities, friends and her daughter. At the event, Mr. Comrie praised Ms. Stephens as an “unsung heroine” of New York City “because of the lives she has healed, her faith in her mission and her selfless services to thousands of families.”
In her role as outreach coordinator for the hospital’s Cancer Services Program, Ms. Stephens has provided comprehensive cancer education and information to more than 4,000 people in Southeast Queens alone. In October, she trained 32 breast health ‘community ambassadors,” in a free program started at LIJ to train women in the community to increase awareness about life-saving breast cancer screenings.
Ms, Stephens joined LIJ in 2012, coming out of retirement twice to promote health and wellness in the community. After 25 years of service, Ms. Stephens retired from a career with the New York Telephone Company. In 1992, she joined the American Cancer Society as a volunteer and later was appointed as a member of the staff.
LIJ Medical Center’s Ambulatory Care Unit offers a variety of free cancer screenings, including mammograms, thanks to funding from the New York State Cancer Services Program of Queens and Nassau County through a grant from the state Department of Health. The program also receives funding from The Greater NYC Affiliate of Susan G. Komen®. At LIJ, free mammograms are available to women between the ages of 50 and 64 who are uninsured. For more information about screenings, please call 718-470-4165.