Northwell Health reduces barriers to breast cancer care through Pink Aid grants

From left: Rachel Gordon, Women’s Health Services Coordinator at the Dolan Family Health Center; Joseph Volavka, PT, Senior Administrative Director of the Dolan Center; Kathy Giffuni, MSN, Nurse Manager of the Dolan Center; Mary Emlock of the Pink Aid Long Island Grant Committee and Bonnie Williamson of the Pink Aid Long Island Grant Committee.

Northwell Health will provide Long Island women facing financial hardship with help affording non-medical needs and screenings at several sites in Nassau and Suffolk counties, thanks to generous donations from breast cancer charitable group Pink Aid Long Island.

The Northwell Health Cancer Institute and Dolan Family Health Center, based in New Hyde Park and Greenlawn respectively, each received $30,000 Pink Aid grants this year. Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead was given a $12,400 Pink Aid grant.

The donation to the Northwell Health Cancer Institute will support the Pink Aid Breast Cancer Hardship Fund, which will help breast cancer patients pay for important services such as transportation to and from treatment; post-surgical recovery garments; wigs or other needed prostheses; and financial assistance with groceries. These services, as well as financial assistance with housing and utilities, will be available for women through the Peconic Bay Medical Center Pink Aid Breast Cancer Hardship Fund. Women will also be able to receive financial assistance in these areas – as well as free mammograms and other breast cancer screenings – at the Dolan Family Health Center through its Pink Aid grant.

“We appreciate Pink Aid’s generous support, which better allows us at Northwell Health to financially assist women who need breast cancer screenings or have breast cancer and otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford the care that they need,” said George Raptis, MD, senior vice president of cancer services at Northwell Health.

This is the second time that the Northwell Health Cancer Institute has received a Pink Aid grant and the third for the Dolan Family Health Center. Northwell Health Cancer Institute financial assistance through the Pink Aid grant will be available to patients at the Monter Cancer Center in Lake Success and the Imbert Cancer Center in Bay Shore.

“Women at risk for or diagnosed with breast cancer should never have to choose between seeking medical care or paying for basic necessities, such as food, child care, and housing,” said Pink Aid Long Island President Ali Mitchell. “All too often women face this daunting financial choice. Pink Aid addresses this critical issue by helping underserved women face breast cancer with support and dignity, and by empowering breast cancer survivors to heal by helping and inspiring others. Pink Aid is proud to partner with Northwell Health to help women impacted by breast cancer throughout Long Island.”

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About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 22 hospitals and over 550 outpatient facilities. We care for more than two million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 62,000 employees – 15,000+ nurses and about 3,900 physicians, including more than 2,800 members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.

About Pink Aid
Pink Aid’s mission is to help underserved local women survive breast cancer treatment with support and dignity, to provide screening to women in financial need, and to empower breast cancer survivors to heal by helping and inspiring others.Its grants support programs that provide services including free breast cancer screening and help covering non-medical expenses such as food cards, household bills, wigs, recovery garments and transportation for patients undergoing treatment. Some of the programs Pink Aid supports are established hospital foundations and national non-profits, while others are smaller grass roots organizations. Large or small, they share Pink Aid’s goal to help local women survive breast cancer with compassion. Pink Aid grants are awarded to recipients whose goals best advance Pink Aid’s Mission.

Contact:
Alexandra Zendrian
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