CATSKILL REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER PROVIDES FREE COLON CANCER SCREENINGS – 9/4/2014
Harris, N.Y. – Catskill Regional Medical Center has partnered with the Cancer Services Program of Sullivan County to provide free colon cancer screening kits, screening colonoscopies and other diagnostic services to uninsured and underinsured men and woman in Sullivan County.
“Catskill Regional is proud to partner with the Sullivan County Cancer Program,” said Dr. Gerard Galarneau, Catskill Regional’s CEO. “Offering the local community a potentially lifesaving opportunity brings the hospital great pride.”
Since 1994, Catskill Regional has been the lead agency in Sullivan County to partner with the Cancer Services Program of Sullivan County in offering free cancer screenings. The Cancer Services Program is sponsored with state and federal funding. Catskill Regional partners to help allocate the awarded grants.
The program contracts with many local physicians and nurse practitioners to provide services to qualifying patients. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has credentialed participating healthcare providers to perform numerous cancer screening procedures, with special focus towards men and woman over the age of 50 who are at high-risk for developing colon cancer.
Available screenings for qualifying individuals includes:
• Colon cancer screening kit, provided every year for uninsured and underinsured men and women over 50.
• Screening colonoscopy, for uninsured and underinsured men and women who are an elevated risk for colon cancer.
• Diagnostic tests, for those clients whose screening exams suggest that further testing is required.
In addition to clinical exams, the program provides assistance with enrollment in the Medicaid cancer treatment program for financially eligible clients who are diagnosed. Follow-up care includes recommendation and counseling on necessary care, and appropriate referrals to health or human services agencies. The Program also assists patients with the enrollment in the Medicaid cancer treatment program for the financially eligible clients who are diagnosed with cancer.
“Working with the Cancer Services Program has been extremely rewarding,” said Barbara Durbak, Program Coordinator. “It is reassuring to the local community to know we are bringing screening, care and assistance to the health of those who might otherwise not be able to afford it. Our cause is extremely gratifying. Thanks to Catskill Regional’s partnership, we are able to help and save the lives of many people in our county.”
To learn more about the program or to see if you are eligible call 845-794-3300, extension 2794 or visitwww.crmcny.org/cancerscreenings.
Catskill Regional Medical Center is a division of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, composed of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center.
Dr. Gerard Galarneau, Catskill Regional Medical Center CEO