Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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

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 University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH) on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, and Loyola Outpatient Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 247-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

About Trinity Health

Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 93 hospitals, as well as 122 continuing care programs that include PACE, 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 $17.6 billion and assets of $23.4 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity Health employs about 131,000 colleagues, including 7,500 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity Health 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. For more information, visit www.trinity-health.org. You can also follow @TrinityHealthMI on Twitter.