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Methodist Healthcare, in partnership with The West Clinic, has been selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, which was created to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the United States. Finalists will be determined through an online voting campaign that begins on Wednesday, March 7 at 10am CST. Applicants with the top votes per region will receive a financial award of support to replicate and implement a sustainable program dedicated to supporting families fighting cancer. Finalists will also receive tools and resources from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the organization established in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. The foundation is now known publicly by its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today.
The program Methodist and The West Clinic are seeking votes for is:
Pillars4Life: Pillars4Life is a patient/caregiver support program that has been proven to enhance quality of life for cancer patients and allows hospitals and their social workers to more efficiently triage and attend to the psychosocial needs of a much greater number of patients.
In a pilot study at Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, patients who experienced the Pillars perceived their quality-of-life as improved across a range of symptoms including distress, despair, helplessness, hopelessness and fatigue.
Pillars4Life™ brings patients and caregivers together in Virtual Training Groups (via phone or video conference) where they are guided through a 9-week coping skills training course by a specially trained counselor - all from the comfort of their own home.
If selected, Methodist will use the awarded funds to enhance quality-of-life for cancer patients by training social workers to more efficiently triage and attend to the psychosocial needs of a much greater number of patients. Nearly, 40% Methodist’s patients travel from outside of the Shelby County to receive services. The Pillars4Life program would allow us to deliver support to these patients without the burden of travel. Through a multi-disciplinary approach, The Methodist Cancer Center focuses on the most important aspect of medicine – the patient. We approach cancer care by paying attention to the psychosocial needs of the patient and their families simultaneously with a treatment plan. We strive to leverage innovative programs to aid in delivering support and hope along with excellent care.
“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as a candidate for the Community Impact Project,” said Erich Mounce, director of cancer services for Methodist and chief executive officer of The West Clinic. “We share LIVESTRONG’s passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families.”
The 2012 Community Impact Project will offer nearly $1.4 million in implementation awards to 90 finalists. This represents the largest number of financial awards LIVESTRONG has granted in a single year in the history of the foundation. LIVESTRONG is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations.
Voting ends on March 23, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. CST. For more information about the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and to vote, visit http://vote.livestrong.org/. For more information about Methodist Healthcare, visit www.methodisthealth.org. For more information about The West Clinic, visit www.westclinic.com
About LIVESTRONG/Lance Armstrong Foundation
LIVESTRONG serves people affected by cancer and empowers them to take action against the world's leading cause of death. Created as the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 by cancer survivor and champion cyclist Lance Armstrong, the organization is now known publicly by its powerful brand -- LIVESTRONG -- and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today. Known for its iconic yellow wristband, LIVESTRONG has become a symbol of hope and inspiration to people affected by cancer around the world. Since its inception, the organization has raised $450 million for the fight against cancer. For more information, visit LIVESTRONG.org.