See, Test & Treat 2015 | News | Loyola Medicine
Wednesday, September 9, 2015

See, Test & Treat event at Loyola provides underserved women with free cancer screenings

Pathologists' program brings breast and cervical testing to women on Medicaid or without insurance

Eva M. Wojcik, MD

Eva M. Wojcik, MD, pathologist, speaks with one of the women who received cancer screening at the See, Test & Treat® event at Loyola University Medical Center.

MAYWOOD, IL (September 8, 2015) – More than 50 women in need received free cervical and breast cancer screenings with same-day results as part of a recent See, Test & Treat® program and health fair at Loyola University Medical Center. Funded by a grant from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation, this was the first See, Test & Treat program offered in Illinois.

“Many of the women we cared for had not had a Pap test or mammogram in more than 20 years, and thanks to the generous funding by the CAP Foundation, were able to receive care,” said Eva M. Wojcik, MD, FCAP, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Chair of Pathology. “Seeing those signs of relief on the faces of women who were told their screenings came back normal was priceless.”

Dr. Wojcik led a team of more than 35 Loyola physicians and medical personnel for the cancer screenings.

"Thanks to the compassion and commitment of Loyola in holding this event, together we were able to reach women who don’t have access to essential, basic, preventive care,” said Julia Rankenburg, program development manager of the CAP Foundation. “The women participating in this truly remarkable program commented many times about their appreciation and gratitude.”

Women between the ages of 30 and 64 with Medicaid or who were uninsured qualified for the event.

The screening included a pelvic exam, a Pap test with same-day results, an HPV test, a breast exam and screening mammography, if appropriate. Displays and educational materials were also available to help women better understand their unique health needs.  Financial and medical specialists were onsite to answer questions and provide information to participants.

Through pathologists at select institutions around the United States, the See, Test & Treat program has provided free cervical and breast cancer screenings to thousands of women. The program is funded by donations to the CAP Foundation. The CAP Foundation plans to expand See, Test & Treat so that more pathologists can collaborate with their clinical colleagues to coordinate care teams and provide essential screening services to more vulnerable women across the country.

The Loyola University Medical Center event also was supported by Hologic Inc., the Community Memorial Foundation, the Coleman Foundation and Quest Diagnostics. 

Pathologists at Loyola offer a complete range of technologies and services in anatomic, clinical and molecular pathology. Loyola provides consultation on patient diagnosis in inpatient and outpatient settings throughout the Loyola system and to physicians throughout Chicago. Loyola pathologists are internationally acclaimed for research in breast and bladder cancers, coagulation, microbiology and skin cancer.

As the leading organization for board-certified pathologists, 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. With more than 18,000 physician members, the CAP has led as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation for 50 years with more than 7,600 CAP-accredited laboratories in 50 countries. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter at @pathologists and visit the CAP Foundation at foundation.cap.org and follow See, Test & Treat on Twitter at #seetesttreat.

The CAP Foundation, its philanthropic arm, supports patient-centered and humanitarian initiatives led by pathologists, striving to connect people in underserved communities with the specialized skills of pathologists.

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 94 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 133,000 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.