Susan G. Komen Greater New York City Grant Supports LIJ Medical Center’s Cancer Screening Program for Uninsured Women

Susan G  Komen Award
Shadiyah Evans, Dr. Jill Rabin, Surviving with Impact honoree Joan Lunden, Ann Stephens, Margaret Hegarty, and Kaitlin Doyle at the Susan G. Komen event.

GREAT NECK, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today that LIJ Medical Center has been recognized by Susan G. Komen Greater New York City as its Community Impact and Innovation Award honoree this year. 

LIJ Medical Center is a Komen Greater NYC community partner working to address breast health disparities for African American and Hispanic women in the southeastern Queens and Jamaica, Queens areas through its Cancer Community Connection program, which is funded by Komen Greater NYC.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Komen Greater NYC has funded the Cancer Community Connection Program, bringing its total support to more than $240,000 for community outreach, education and patient navigation services that promote breast health, regular breast cancer screening, and early detection. 

With funding from the New York State Department of Health Cancer Services Program, uninsured women between the ages of 50 and 64 are provided with free, state-of-the-art 3D mammograms, and are offered free pelvic exams, pap smears and colon cancer screenings by clinicians at Schlanger, Gottlieb & Partners Council Breast Imaging Center in Lake Success, and LIJ Medical Center in New Hyde Park.

“Early detection is critical to saving a woman’s life and giving her the best quality of life,” said Jill Rabin, MD, co-chief of the Division of Ambulatory Care and Women’s Health Programs-PCAP services for the North Shore-LIJ Health System. “Having regular breast, cervical and colon cancer screening tests increases the chance of detecting these diseases early, when they are most likely to be curable.”

Studies show that health disparities are particularly pronounced among African-American women, who are diagnosed at later stages and consequently face higher breast cancer mortality rates. Hispanic, Asian, undocumented, uninsured and young women also have considerably lower screening rates than the general population.

“Continued funding support from Komen Greater NYC ensures that LIJ Medical Center will make a significant difference in the community,” said Ann Stephens, the program’s Outreach Coordinator at LIJ Medical Center. In addition to education and outreach, the program will identify and eliminate each woman's barriers to care. All incoming patients are guided through the entire continuum of care, from screening to diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.”

“With the support of the Komen Greater NYC funding since 2011, patient volume has more than tripled and more than 20 community-based partnerships have been formed, greatly increasing the program’s impact,” noted Kaitlin Doyle, MSPH, Director of Women’s Health Projects at LIJ Medical Center.  

Screenings are available by appointment on weekdays and Saturdays.  For more information or to make an appointment, call 718-470-4165.  

About North Shore-LIJ Health System
One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 19 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,400 beds, employ nearly 11,000 nurses and have affiliations with about 10,000 physicians. With a workforce of about 54,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.  For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com.

About Susan G. Komen Greater New York City
Since 1999, Susan G. Komen Greater NYC has awarded more than $46 million in grants to a wide variety of community partners and invested in cutting-edge breast cancer research programs.  In the last five years alone, we have helped more than 830,000 women, men and families in New York City, on Long Island, and in Westchester and Rockland Counties. Twenty-five percent of every dollar raised funds national breast cancer research while seventy-five percent of the net monies raised goes right back into the communities to help the women, men and families in our service area. This year, Komen Greater NYC is awarding more than $1.4 million to 23 local breast health programs as well as $700,000 for national breast cancer research programs to find the cures. For more information, please visit www.komennyc.org or call 212-293-CURE.

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