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Polish Health Needs a Top Priority for New Polish Patient Navigator

To better meet the unique health needs of the patients served at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Malgorzata Cieslak has been hired as Polish Patient Navigator.  In this role, Cieslak will provide education to hospital associates regarding the cultural sensitivities of Polish patients allowing the patients to have a more comfortable and enjoyable hospital experience.  In addition, Cieslak will be identifying and addressing the health needs of the Polish community in partnership with community organizations.  Cieslak will also provide guidance and support for Polish women needing assistance after receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer.

Malgorzata Cieslak, of Oak Park, is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She received her Masters of Social Work from the College of Education in Kielce, Poland.  Over the years she has served numerous roles in the Polish Community including Director of Clinical Services for the Polish American Association as well as cofounding Together-Cancer Survivors network, an organization which supports Polish speaking individuals whose lives have been touched by cancer.

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