Six years after Bassett Healthcare Network’s Cancer Screening Outreach Program got wheels, the program has been awarded the 2014 Community Health Improvement Award by The Health Association of New York State.
What sets Bassett Cancer Institute’s program apart is its mobile medical screening coach, an RV-type vehicle that travels throughout Bassett’s eight-county service region and adjacent counties providing free cancer screenings to disadvantaged and under-served populations, according to a media release.
At about noon Thursday, HANYS announced that Bassett was the award winner, standing out from a group of more than 33 submissions.
The award, established in 1997, recognizes New York hospitals and institutions for their dedication to improving the health and well being of communities by targeting specific health issues, demonstrating leadership and achieving results, according to the release.
The medical coach is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a self-contained clinical unit, according to the release. When a patient comes aboard, they can receive a variety of procedures, including mammograms, clinical breast exams, Pap smears and colorectal cancer screenings.
Bassett’s president and chief executive officer Dr. William Streck said the program was launched in November of 2008 with “the hope of preventing cancer and reducing the number of cancer deaths through education and early detection.” The program has been extremely successful, he said.
“At the time, the kind of success we’ve realized was only a vision,” Streck said. “Six years later, we have the data to show we are making a difference in the lives of our patients, and that is tremendously gratifying.”
Since its inception, the program has facilitated more than 10,096 mammograms, 773 referrals for follow-up care and 31 referrals for breast cancer treatment, according to the release.
More than 540 patients have returned colon cancer screening kits for testing, which resulted in 61 referrals for follow-up care, the release said.