JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Janet Schadee, a registered nurse at Brooke Army Medical Center, was one of two finalists honored May 4 at the CURE Magazine 2017 Extraordinary Healer Award ceremony in Denver, Colorado.

The announcement came during a dinner and ceremony held in conjunction with the annual congress of the Oncology Nursing Society. The event featured a keynote address by actor Patrick Dempsey, founder of the Dempsey Center, which provides supportive services to those affected by cancer.

Schadee, the urology oncology case manager at Brooke Army Medical Center has not only improved care by launching a multidisciplinary prostate clinic and streamlining appointment and treatment scheduling, but also helps to coordinate travel for patients visiting from afar.

Army Maj. (Dr.) George J.S. Kallingal, staff surgeon in urologic oncology at BAMC, nominated Schadee for the award.

"Janet has been the ultimate patient advocate," Kallingal wrote. "She advocates and helps our patients in every aspect of their lives, including cancer treatment, emotional support, coordination of care, research and health policy."

On hand to speak about the crucial role of oncology nurses in the care of patients with cancer, and to help honor the winner and finalists, was Dempsey, known for his portrayal of Dr. Derek Shepherd on the hit ABC series "Grey's Anatomy."

In response to his mother's diagnosis with ovarian cancer, the actor founded the Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine, in 2008 in order to give back to the community where he grew up, and where his mother first received cancer treatment. The Dempsey Center improves the quality of life for individuals, families and communities affected by cancer through free support, education, prevention and complementary therapies such as reiki, wig fittings and support groups.