Now, uninsured or underinsured women with breast or cervical cancer can seek treatment in Palm Beach County
May 24, 2022 – In a first-of-its-kind partnership in Palm Beach County, Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of the Palm Beach Health Network, is committed to sponsoring the treatment and care of local women diagnosed with with breast or cervical cancer after screenings made possible by the Promise Fund of Florida.
The Palm Beach Health Network is dedicated to caring for the community and providing high quality health care to residents of Palm Beach County. Good Samaritan Medical Center offers extensive women’s health services, including cutting-edge technology to help save women’s lives from breast cancer at the Norma E. & Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center in Palm Beaches. The Palm Beach Health Network recently invested nearly a quarter of a million dollars in the center, giving it a new look and creating a more modern and comfortable atmosphere for breast health patients.
“We are so grateful to Good Samaritan Medical Center for stepping up their efforts to provide care to women who desperately need it, and we look forward to developing similar partnerships with other care providers,” said Nancy Brinker. , founder of the Promise Fund of Florida. “Underserved women in our community deserve access to care here in Palm Beach County. A patient recently had to drive 25 trips to Tampa and back for radiation treatments with one of our care navigators, as it was the location of the only hospital in our area that would fund her care. The generous partnership of the Good Samaritan brings this vital care closer to home. »
Currently, uninsured women who earn more than $13,590 and less than $27,180 per year are not eligible for specialty benefits through the Palm Beach County Health Care District.
“We are honored to work with the Promise Fund to extend our quality care to underserved women in our community,” said Sheri Montgomery, CEO of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “Early detection is the key to cancer diagnosis and with our renowned doctors and cutting-edge technology, we are able to help provide a treatment and care solution. We will continue our commitment to serve all residents of Palm Beach as we have for over 100 years.
When the cancer is more advanced, it is more expensive to treat. For a patient with stage 1 breast cancer, the average treatment costs $43,530; for a stage 4 patient, that amount jumps to $223,568. The need for chemotherapy also has an impact on healthcare expenditure. For breast cancer patients not receiving chemotherapy, the overall healthcare cost within two years of diagnosis averages $80,870; for those receiving chemotherapy, that figure rises to $200,045.
“These financial data underscore the urgency of access to early, regular, and affordable cancer screenings,” said Lisa Hartstein, program director, Promise Fund of Florida. “But the survival rate is the metric that really matters. For a patient diagnosed at stage 1, the 5-year survival rate is 99%. When the diagnosis shows stage 4 cancer, the survival rate is 22%. By screening women regularly, we save money, but more importantly, we save lives.
When they have access, women in Palm Beach County will take advantage of much-needed preventative screening opportunities. In 2020, Promise Fund helped establish a women’s health center at FoundCare that includes mammography and 3D ultrasound equipment kindly donated by Hologic, Inc. Prior to that, in 2019, FoundCare referred 500 women for mammography and only 1 in 5 followed. But in 2021, the center’s first full year of operation, 1,190 women had mammograms, or 57% of the 2,071 eligible women.
To learn more about Promise Fund, visit promisefundofflorida.org.
About Palm Beach Health Network
The Palm Beach Health Network (PBHN) is the largest healthcare network in Palm Beach County, consisting of Delray Medical Center, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Palm Beach Children’s Hospital, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, St Mary’s Medical Center and West Boca Medical Center. , as well as a large group of multi-specialty physicians, various outpatient surgery centers and outpatient diagnostic facilities.
PBHN is recognized for providing the highest quality healthcare, combining state-of-the-art healthcare services with patient-centered care. With the highest longevity in the community, as well as hospitals and care centers that span the entirety of Palm Beach County, more patients trust PBHN than any other in the area.
All PBHN hospitals have received prestigious awards and accolades, national rankings and multiple accreditations. PBHN is committed to providing the highest standards of excellence in patient care that are hallmarks of Tenet. To learn more, visit palmbeachhealthnetwork.com.
About Promise Fund of Florida
Florida Promise Fund, founded in 2018, helps women in South Florida overcome financial and cultural barriers to improve health equity, including reduced deaths from cervical and breast cancers. The nonprofit promotes preventative care by focusing on patient navigation resources, community outreach, policy change, and innovative partnerships. Together, Promise Fund of Florida and its community partners have helped more than 16,000 women navigate the complexities of the healthcare system to improve access to early detections, education, diagnosis and treatment.