The Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Program is committed to educating the community about cancer. Our outreach efforts are focused on the importance of prevention and early detection while our expert medical and surgical staff provides world-class patient care.
Prevention programs are held throughout the year and include community lectures on nutrition, tobacco cessation, breast health and the importance of early detection. Good Samaritan Hospital’s Outreach Department works closely with the American Cancer Society and the hospital supports and participates in the Relay for Life and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events.
In May of 2013, Good Samaritan Hospital was proud to support the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3. The hospital recruited and registered 114 study volunteers who each made a commitment to participate in this important study over the course of the next 20+ years.
In partnership with the Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley (CSP), Good Samaritan Hospital conducts breast and cervical cancer screenings throughout the year. These free screenings are advertised in local papers and through the outreach efforts of the hospital and the CSP. Flyers are distributed at numerous community health fairs and events in which the hospital participates. These free screenings ensure that every member of our community, especially the underserved and underinsured, has access to potentially life-saving care.
Patients seen at a screening event are managed through the CSP, in partnership with the hospital. Patients who require a referral to a specialist are contacted by staff from the CSP and assisted with scheduling an appointment. If needed, the hospital assists patients to obtain emergency Medicaid to cover treatment costs. Additionally, Good Samaritan Hospital has a robust charity care program in place so that no one is prevented from receiving the care they may need.
The graph below illustrates the impact of the Breast Cancer Screening Programs: