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Amanda Adante, Ambulatory Care Associate

As one of two Ambulatory Care Associates in the Women's Infusion Center of Smilow Cancer Hospital, Amanda Adante loves helping people. When she's not taking vital signs of patients who have arrived for their chemotherapy or injections, she is helping with blood draws and making patients feel comfortable.

"It's all about building relationships with our patients," Amanda said. "They are an amazing group of strong women who encounter fear, sickness, and fatigue, but if I can make a tiny difference in their day, during this difficult time in their life, I've done my job."

Amanda first joined Smilow six years ago working as a Patient Care Associate (PCA) on NP14, an inpatient floor that handles patients who are coming out of surgery. Three years later, an opportunity arose in the Infusion Center and she went for it and has never looked back.

"Amanda is a dedicated ACA who brings her all to her patients every day," said Camille Servodidio, Program Manager for Women's Oncology Services. "She is able to remember the details of each patient's personal life and has the ability to make each patient feel comfortable during their treatments in Women's Oncology Services on NP1. Her commitment does not stop when patients leave the ambulatory setting; she visits patients and provides support and comfort when they are admitted to the inpatient unit."

Indeed, Amanda visits her patients when they are receiving care on other floors, and has developed strong connections with their families as well. Every day her job is a reminder to appreciate life and be grateful for family.