Social worker provides resources to patients in the Brigham and Women's Faulkner Breast Center
Eileen Joyce, LICSW
"We’re taking a look at the different supports and resources that we build into the Breast Center," she says. Always asking, 'What else can we do?' is just one reason she’s able to connect with patients going through difficult situations so easily.
Joyce alone does a lot. She’s able to provide immediate resources to those who need it, as well as education, navigation and support to all the patients who come through the Breast Center. The goal is to be with patients every step of the way as they journey through their treatment.
In addition to her role with the Breast Center, Joyce also works with the Brigham and Women’s Family Care Associates at BWFH, supervises social work students and is involved with the Association of Oncology Social Work. "I like to feel like I’m moving forward. You can stay in the same place, but still be growing, still be developing. That’s something that’s important. I want to feel like I’m contributing in some way," she says.
She may be busy, but "The hospital itself provides a great work/life balance. I’m a single mom of two kids. Being able to do a good job in both places is a huge priority," she says. She goes on to say, "If I were feeling like I was doing a stinky job at home, I wouldn’t be a very happy camper here either. And I wouldn’t have the energy to really develop and expand the role."
Mom to an 11-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son, she says "My hobbies are my kids’ hobbies right now." She keeps herself occupied with their dance recitals, band rehearsals, t-ball games, karate classes and swim lessons. When there is an unscheduled moment, she enjoys simply spending time with her children.