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Laurie Schirling, RN, OCN, CBPN-IC a Certified Breast Cancer Patient Navigator

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RENO, Nev. – Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 – Saint Mary's Center for Cancer is proud to announce Laurie Schirling, R.N. has completed the National Consortium of Breast Center's Breast Patient Navigator Certification Program and is now a Certified Breast Patient Navigator in both Imaging and Cancer. There are only 777 certified breast navigators in the nation and Schirling is the only one in Northern Nevada. This certification program has given Schirling the knowledge and skills to navigate a breast cancer patient through their continuum of care.

"Laurie's participation in this certification program shows her personal and professional commitment to providing quality care for her patients," said Patty Sredy, administrative director, Saint Mary's Center for Cancer. "Our Cancer Center supports continuing education and training for all of our staff which shows our commitment to providing excellent patient care."

Laurie Schirling, R.N. is certified to navigate a patient through the breast imaging and breast cancer stages with the assistance from her facility's integrated team members. Breast Cancer patient navigators are dedicated to saving lives by ensuring all patients receive timely exam results, are scheduled for appropriate follow-up care and given resolution through proper diagnosis and treatment, ensuring each patient efficiently moves through the health care delivery system.

The National Consortium of Breast Centers promotes excellence in breast health care for the general public through a network of diverse professionals dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources. For more information regarding NCBC's Breast Health Navigator Certification Program, visit

For more information about Saint Mary's Center for Cancer and our commitment to breast health, visit


Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit