A Survivors Inspiration – A Happy Ending to Breast Cancer Awareness Month

RIVERHEAD, NY -- National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has wrapped up for October 2015. The month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease. Peconic Bay Medical Center supports Breast Cancer Awareness by participating as well as being the beneficiary in the LI2Day walk, the event Pink Strands for Hope, as well as the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Bake Sale where proceeds benefit research for breast cancer through the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In conclusion of October’s events, Peconic Bay Medical Center held an event to raise awareness about screening and early detection by hearing a survivor’s touching story first hand. When cancer survivor Anne Regina Guidi found a lump in her breast she was terrified and frightened. Without health insurance she didn’t know where to turn. She called the Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County at Peconic Bay Medical Center. She was immediately enrolled in The Cancer Services/Patient Navigation Program and had appointments already scheduled for a clinical breast exam, mammogram and sonogram. Not only did the Cancer Services Program enroll Anne in the emergency Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program, they navigated her through her entire battle of fighting cancer. From detection to diagnosis, to treatment, the Cancer Services Program was with Anne each step of the way.

Anne Regina Guidi recently celebrated her one year post operative date on October 6, 2015. When Anne shared her moving story, she highlighted how a team member from the Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County sat on her bed while she went for her first biopsy. She shared that she felt supported and loved by who then was considered a stranger and now a friend. “The services offered by Peconic Bay Medical Center’s Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County is what saved my life.”

The Cancer Services Program offers free cancer screenings for uninsured residents of Suffolk County who meet eligibility requirements. The program offers breast cancer screenings, colorectal cancer screenings and cervical cancer screenings. If you are seeking guidance or assistance, please contact the Cancer Services Program at 631-548-6320 or visit the website at www.pbmchealth.org.

About PBMC Health

PBMC Health is a comprehensive continuum of care focused on serving the full range of health and wellness needs of the people of Suffolk County. Anchored by Peconic Bay Medical Center, located in Riverhead, the continuum includes Urgent and Walk-In Care services at locations throughout our service area; Peconic Bay Home Health Services, serving all of Suffolk County; Peconic Bay Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation, located in Riverhead; Peconic Bay Outpatient Physical Therapy, located in Riverhead; Peconic Bay Primary & Family Care Practices, with offices in Center Moriches, Hampton Bays, Manorville, Mattituck, Riverhead, Shoreham and Westhampton Beach; and a range of primary care, diagnostic and specialist services at the Gertrude and Louis Feil Campus for Ambulatory Care in Manorville. For more information, visit PBMCHealth.org

About Peconic Bay Medical Center

Peconic Bay Medical Center is a non-profit medical facility committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide ranging, full-scope services and programs along with state-of-the-art technology. The award-winning Kanas Center for Advanced Surgery is home to the da Vinci Surgical Robotics Program. PBMC is a designated Stroke Center, recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award and a recipient of The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Primary Stroke Care. PBMC is recognized for its Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program by American College of Surgeons and The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. In addition to being the recipient of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Total Joint Replacement for Hip and Knee, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Distinction Plus Center for Hip and Knee Replacement, and the Aetna
Institute of Quality® for Total Joint Replacement, PBMC has also earned a 5-Star Rating from U.S. News & World Report for its Skilled Nursing Facility, which was named one of the nation’s highest quality nursing homes. As a major clinical campus for the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, PBMC hosts graduate medical education programs in Family Medicine and Traditional Internship.

The Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County aims to decrease rates of cancer and cancer mortality for uninsured people of Long Island. Their mission is to provide breast, cervical and colorectal cancer education, screening and treatment services with compassion and respect for uninsured people of Suffolk County.

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