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Cancer Needs Assessment

Bobbi Lewis Cancer Program at Good Samaritan Hospital
Cancer Needs Assessment 2015 - 2017

Program Summary

In 2015, the Bobbi Lewis Cancer Program at Good Samaritan Hospital (The Program) received a full, three-year accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (ACoS CoC) as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program (CCCP). The Program offers the most current treatments, utilizing state of the art equipment, while the highly trained staff provides a superior level of care that is critical to every element of cancer diagnosis and treatment. The Mission of Good Samaritan Hospital is to bring compassion to health care and to be good help to those in need and our caring, compassionate staff embodies this mission to make the treatment period as easy as possible.

Over the last three years, the Good Samaritan Hospital Cancer Registry reported 1486 analytic cases. In 2017, the top five tumor sites were:

  1. Breast
  2. Bronchus/Lung
  3. Colon
  4. Urinary/Bladder
  5. Lymph Nodes

Additional selected data reported to the National Cancer Database (NCDB) is further summarized below.

Identified Program Needs & Priorities

Transportation

For many of the cancer patients treated by The Program, access to low-cost, efficient and convenient means of transportation to and from planned visits is often a challenge. Though Good Samaritan Hospital is located along a county bus route, this form of transportation is not always easily accessible from the patients’ homes and, therefore, it is inadequate for a significant proportion of low-income cancer patients from underserved areas who seek care at The Program. Unfortunately, these transportation issues directly affect the patients’ ability to access specialized, care and follow-up. This is a challenge across all departments including diagnostic imaging, operative therapy, physician visits, and infusion services. The difficulty of not having regular access to radiation therapy due to a lack of reliable transportation is a particularly worrisome area because of the number, frequency, and duration of most treatment plans.

The Program is working to increase support from the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program as well as other free and low-cost transportation options. The Rockland County Office for the Aging offers a taxi-voucher program and “The Independence Project”, a service of the Rockland County’s Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, gives rides to seniors to and from their doctor appointments. It is a free service with the following guidelines set forth by state grants and the Office for the Aging: 

  • All participants must be 60+, or disabled (but ambulatory), or a veteran
  • They must live in Rockland and their appointment must also be in Rockland
  • The patient must be ambulatory
  • It is a door to door service
  • The rides are generally weekly but can be more if there is availability.

Patient Navigation

The Program also recognizes the affect that adequate patient navigation services have on improving patient outcomes and, therefore, has made patient navigation another priority area. Since 2015, more personnel resources have been designated to support patients as they learn to manage their diagnosis and treatment plans. Patient Navigators work with multi-disciplinary teams to overcome any barriers to care while also working with patients as a partner in their survivorship plans. The Program currently has an ACS navigator on site one day each week and, going forward, support and expansion of patient navigation services will remain a priority area.

ACS Programs & Mechanisms for Partnership

Hospital Collaborative Action Plan

Good Samaritan Hospital and the ACS have created a mutually beneficial collaborative action plan for the purposes of expanding ongoing work and establishing needed support and services for improved cancer care, prevention, screening and survivorship. ACS materials are utilized, whenever appropriate, as part of patient education and at community outreach activities to help increase the level of community awareness and education about early detection and prevention.

Click to Read ACS Partnership Report 2017