Last month, the United Auxiliaries to Lancaster General Hospital presented $70,000 to complete their pledge of $1.5 million to fund the Survivorship and Supportive Services Program at the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute (ABBCI).
“Eight years ago when we talked about the vision for this financial commitment, we recognized that we wanted to enhance the patient care experience and so we asked patients directly,” says Jan Bergen, LG Health President. “Some patients indicated a sense of isolation and need for greater support for families. We listened and created the Survivorship and Supportive Services Program to better enable us to care for cancer patients and their families on this journey.”
The Survivorship and Supportive Services Program provides support, education and tools to empower patients and families through their cancer journeys. The services offered include: counseling services, spiritual care, financial services, community services and more. In 2016 alone, Supportive Services provided by ABBCI have been used in more than 4,000 interactions with patients and family members.