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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Uninsured Women Given Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings at Loyola's See, Test & Treat® Event

Female patient with nurse in a women's health clinic visit.

MAYWOOD, IL – During Loyola Medicine's third annual See, Test & Treat®, 68 uninsured women received free breast and cervical cancer screenings with same-day results.

Funded in part by a grant from the College of American Pathologists and the CAP Foundation, the August 19 event at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood offered pelvic and breast exams to women without insurance between the ages of 30 and 64. The screenings also included HPV tests, mammograms and Pap tests, if appropriate.

"Thanks to this event, many women who do not regularly see a physician received important health screenings," said Eva M. Wojcik, MD, FCAP, chair of Loyola's pathology department. "Early detection of breast and cervical cancers saves lives, so it is important for women, regardless of ability to pay, to receive care."

Dr. Wojcik and a team of more than 75 physicians and healthcare professionals coordinated the event. While participants waited for test results, they visited a health fair, took a yoga class and had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a Loyola physician.

Test results were provided the same day and if treatment was needed, an immediate care plan was provided by doctors to affected patients.

Pathologists at Loyola offer a complete range of technologies and services in anatomic, clinical and molecular pathology. Loyola pathologists are internationally acclaimed for research in breast and bladder cancers, coagulation, microbiology and skin cancer.

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.

See, Test & Treat is the flagship program of CAP's philanthropic arm, the CAP Foundation, which supports patient-centered and humanitarian initiatives led by pathologists, striving to connect people in underserved communities with the specialized skills of pathologists.

The Loyola Medicine event was also supported by the Coleman Foundation and Hologic, Inc. 

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.