FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Presence Saint Francis Hospital to launch Community Cancer Screening Program with $300,000 gift from S&C Electric Company
Evanston, Illinois (June 27, 2013) – Presence Saint Francis Hospital is launching the S&C Electric Company Community Health Program, a new effort to increase awareness of cancer risk factors. This new effort is being funded by a $300,000 gift from the S&C Foundation, the charitable organization established by the late John Conrad to carry out the philanthropy of S&C Electric Company, 6601 North Ridge Avenue, Chicago. The S&C Foundation is a supporting organization of the Chicago Community Trust. Since 1964, S&C Electric Company and the S&C Foundation have partnered with Presence Saint Francis Hospital to provide financial support that, with this gift, now surpasses $1 million.
During the first two years of the program, Presence Saint Francis Hospital will focus on preventing colon cancer. Based on the need identified by a four-year study, the goal is to lower the age of initial screening and detection, thereby increasing the chances of early-stage diagnosis and survival.
“No one else is doing this type of targeted outreach that combines awareness and education with screenings and incentives,” said Angelique Richard, RN, PhD, vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer at Presence Saint Francis Hospital. “Our hope is to diagnose and treat the many treatable cancers that are on the rise in the communities we serve, particularly among the Latino and African American populations,” she added.
A key component to this new program will be an oncology nurse navigator at Presence Saint Francis Hospital. This person will provide education about risk factors and the benefits of early screenings, arrange transportation and support to ensure compliance with recommendations for screenings, and provide information on financial assistance to help patients pay for screenings and follow-up care as needed.
By increasing compliance rates, providing individualized support in the form of a nurse navigator and educating the community at large, Presence Saint Francis Hospital plans to partner with primary care physicians to encourage referral of patients who fit the following high-risk criteria: age, race, family medical history, low income and uninsured or underinsured.
For more information, contact Megan Muskovin at Resurrection Development Foundation at 773.665.9169.
About Presence Saint Francis Hospital
Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally recognized, full-service 271-bed hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and is listed as one of Chicago’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. As home to the first Chest Pain Center on Chicago’s North Shore and a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, Presence Saint Francis Hospital has a rich history of providing top quality care and leading edge technologies in collaboration with its 400-physician medical staff. Presence Saint Francis Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, placing it in the top seven percent of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence. More information is available at http://www.presencehealth.org/stfrancis.
About Presence Health
Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care have joined to form Presence Health, a family of Catholic, not-for profit, healthcare services providing advanced medical care and exceptional service with compassion and hope. With locations in Chicago and its collar counties, as well as in East-Central Illinois, it is the largest Catholic health provider in Illinois, encompassing 12 hospitals, 27 long term care and senior residential facilities, numerous outpatient services, clinics, home health services, hospice, private duty, and comprehensive Behavioral Health services. Presence Health is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, the Sisters of the Holy Family, Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and the Sisters of the Resurrection. Visit www.provenaresurrection.org to learn more.