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Dr. Jane Broecker Honored as Woman of the Year

May 19, 2015

Dr. Jane Broecker was honored as the 2015 Woman of the Year during the Athens Foundation’s Women’s Fund luncheon on Tuesday at the Athens Country Club.“Many of us here know Jane in one of her many roles: as our doctor, colleague, professor, expert, volunteer, leader, advocate, mother, wife and friend… or like me, maybe a combination of these roles,” stated Rebecca Miller, director of Community Outreach at Ohio University’s College of Health Sciences & Professions and director of the Athens County Child Advocacy Center. “Jane is being recognized today for being exceptional in not just one or two of these roles but for being exceptional in all of them.”Broecker graduated from Harvard University and SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine and completed her OB/GYN residency at the University of Cincinnati. With a background in Women’s Studies and medicine she went on to do a fellowship in pediatric and adolescent gynecology.Upon arrival in Athens she found that compared to the urban settings she was accustomed to working in, Athens was lacking in specialized care for pediatric and adolescent patients as well as comprehensive care for child and adult sexual assault victims. She started the wheels in motion to implement services and became the first pediatric and adolescent gynecologist to serve in the Columbus and southeastern Ohio region. She is currently the only pediatric and adolescent specialist in the OhioHealth system.Broecker said that Dr. Michael Clark, a fellow OB/GYN at River Rose, was responsible for showing her the ropes in Athens.“He sung the praises of Athens,” she said.In 2003, Broecker became an assistant professor in the OU Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and later received tenure.Broecker currently serves as the medical director of Women’s Health at OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital and in 2013 became the medical director at the Athens County Child Advocacy Center.“In both of these roles, Jane has made significant contributions to expanding the community’s ability to respond to pediatric and adult sexual assault,” Miller said. “Jane is a constant advocate not only for patients but for improving the way services are provided from a holistic perspective, addressing health care disparities and the social issues surrounding them. She tirelessly speaks out to executives, community stakeholders and educators to ensure that all women and children receive appropriate education and services that are streamlined, compassionate and fair.”In addition to all the aforementioned accomplishments, Broeker has completed research and provided medical care in Africa, China, London and has extensive experience working with the Native American population in Arizona.“Of all of her accomplishments, her husband Mike and son Lewis are her most treasured,” Miller said. “Anyone who spends any time with Jane sees the exceptional way she balances her professional responsibilities and prioritizes her family above all else.”Broecker remarked, “Women and the things that we contribute are very, very important along with the things that men bring. And it’s that combination of voices and working together that will lead to success.”This is the second year in which the Women’s Fund has presented the Woman of the Year award. Last year’s recipient was Kerri Shaw.This year’s nominees in addition to Broecker were Athens Service-Safety Director Paula Horan Moseley, Lauren Miller of the Nelsonville Public Library, and Kelly Cooke of My Sister’s Place.The mission of the Women’s Fund of the Athens Foundation is to promote philanthropy among women, and to establish a permanent fund which will provide funding to programs and projects in Athens County that empower low income women to achieve their full potential.For information about the Women’s Fund, visit www.athensfoundation.org/our-programs/womens.html.

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