Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center
JOHA Foundation Provides Support to Presence Cancer Care Patients

Cancer patients on 5 West (inpatient oncology unit) at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) were greeted with presents on Christmas Eve courtesy of the JOHA Foundation. In total, 31 soup mugs were handed out by the Presence Cancer Care partners. Additionally, the JOHA Foundation distributed 25 holiday food baskets to PSJMC patients and their families who were in need during Thanksgiving. In 2015, the JOHA Foundation granted 77 patients with a total of $26,740.58 of direct financial assistance for various needs to help out with their out of pocket expenses.

“The JOHA Foundation looks for every opportunity to help cancer patients when they are at their sickest,” said Nafisa Burhani medical oncologist with Presence Cancer Care in partnership with JOHA Foundation. “It is important for them to know that someone understands all of the implications that come with being diagnosed with cancer.”

Presence Cancer Care, formerly known as JOHA (Joliet Oncology-Hematology Associates, Ltd.), is one of the largest freestanding cancer clinics in the nation offering comprehensive, award-winning cancer diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials under one roof, with the highest level of patient-focused care.

Patients receive the same advanced technology and treatment methods of academic medical centers, but in one convenient location close to home. Presence Cancer Care’s experienced physicians and nurses provide specialized expertise and the individual attention patients deserve.

The JOHA Foundation retains its own 501©3 status  to continue providing support to cancer patients for expenses incurred to get through treatment such as prescriptions, nutrition support (groceries or high calorie meal replacements such as Ensure), cab fees or gasoline for extra transportation costs, wigs, breast prosthetics, mastectomy bras, and other miscellaneous expenses. Applicants need only to complete a short form and provide a copy of their most recent W-2, although the vast majority of applicants receive support regardless of income status.

“We want cancer patients to know our foundation is here to help them through this difficult time,” said Dr. Burhani. “We hope that they will ask for our assistance so that we can make a difference in their lives.”

The mission of the JOHA Foundation is “To enhance the quality of life for patients and survivors of cancer by fostering efforts to improve education and provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families as needed throughout the community.”  

Other initiatives of the JOHA Foundation include annual breast screening events and having JOHA oncologists perform free breast exams and provide education about breast care. They also recently covered the cost of 11 vouchers for mammograms to be done at PSJMC.

For more information about pursuing assistance or making a donation through the JOHA Foundation, please visit or call 815.725.1355.


Staff with Christmas mugs

Pictured from Left to Right
Nafisa Burhani, M.D., Maggie Hornung, Judy Bratcher, and Kim Boykin



Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) is a regional referral center recognized for overall Clinical Excellence. Recently named to the “Top Hospitals” in Chicagoland area by Chicago magazine, PSJMC serves Will and surrounding counties, including the southwest Chicago suburbs. Located in Joliet, PSJMC offers private patient rooms and world-class health care. Designated as a Primary Stroke Center, Presence Neuroscience Institute also provides 24/7 neurosurgeons, neurologists and neuroendovascular interventionalists. Recognized nationally for advanced cardiac care including a world-class open heart program, PSJMC also offers family-centered obstetrics, and a Level II Trauma Center.  

About Presence Health

Created in November 2011, Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence health has 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of $2.6 billion. 

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