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Wheeling Hospital Receives American Cancer Society Grant To Help Provide Transportation for Patients

January 4, 2019

WHEELING – Wheeling Hospital has been awarded a community transportation grant from the American Cancer Society to help patients undergoing treatment at the Schiffler Cancer Center.

At times, these patients need help getting to and from the hospital, which can create a financial and logistical burden.That’s why the American Cancer Society awarded the grant.

“Some patients don’t have access to transportation at all or are too fatigued or sick to drive themselves,” said radiation oncologist Dr. Jondavid Pollock of the Schiffler Cancer Center. “Access to care can be a problem, especially for low-income people or those living in rural communities. Transportation programs are vital for these patients to get the treatments they need and deserve.”

For area residents diagnosed with cancer, getting to their scheduled treatment may be one of their greatest roadblocks. The ACS community transportation grants are awarded at a local level to health systems, treatment centers and community organizations. These grants are available in select communities through an application process and focus on addressing unmet transportation needs of cancer patients.

Amie Matyas, manager of Schiffler Medical Oncology, said, “Transportation continues to be rated as the highest barrier to cancer care at Wheeling Hospital. This barrier often results in missed appointments and overall poorer treatment outcomes. This grant will allow us to purchase gas cards and cab vouchers for patients who are burdened by fuel expenses and lack of transportation. Relieving transportation barriers will allow our patients to focus on treatment completion and survivorship.”

“Disparities predominantly arise from inequities in work, wealth, income, education, housing and overall standard of living, as well as social barriers to high-quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services,” said Mary Lough, ACS Health Systems manager. “The Society collaborates with community health partners to reach individuals in areas with higher burdens of cancer and limited or no access to transportation because even the best treatment can’t work if a patient can’t get there.”

For additional information about ACS, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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