$10,000 Grant Awarded to Improve Access to Lung Cancer Screening

Press Release Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON JUNE 28, 2016

Contact: Cynamon Frierson 
Communications & Marketing Manager
Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
(919) 784-0410 ext. 102
cfrierson@lungcancerinitiativenc.org
 

$10,000 Grant Awarded to Improve Access to Lung Cancer Screening

June 28, 2016 (NORTH CAROLINA) - The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, is pleased to announce Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC as the recipient of their $10,000 Access Grant.  

This is the first year the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina has offered the Access Grant and it is one of two that will be awarded this year.  The goal of the program is to partner with community organizations in North Carolina to improve access to care and screening for lung cancer patients who are uninsured or underinsured.  Early lung cancer detection is vital to saving a person's life and the generous people who support the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina are helping to provide that. 

"Vidant Cancer Care is very grateful to be the recipient of an Access Grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina.  These funds will allow us to provide low-dose CT screening to those who otherwise may not be able to have it due to cost.  The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is truly our partner in early diagnosis of lung cancer to decrease the mortality of this disease," said Phyllis DeAntonio, System Service Line Administrator at Vidant Medical Center.

“We are so pleased to be able to collaborate with Vidant Medical to increase access to screening for those at risk in Eastern N.C. Providing this type of access to those in need is directly in line with our mission of saving lives and supporting those affected by lung cancer.” says Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina President, Amy Cipau. 

In the United States, lung cancer claims more lives than any other cancer and more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. The five-year lung cancer survival rate has barely budged in the past decade, inching up from 15 percent to 17 percent. The efforts of the Lung Cancer Initiative aim to change these dismal statistics and give hope to those fighting lung cancer. 

About Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
As the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina specializes in connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community. The organization’s mission is to save lives and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina.  For more information, please visit www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org

About Vidant Medical Center
Vidant Health is a mission-driven, 1,439-bed health system that annually serves more than 1.4 million people in 29 eastern North Carolina counties. The not-for-profit system is made up of 12,000 employees, eight hospitals, home health, hospice, wellness centers, and Vidant Medical Group, a multispecialty physician and provider group with more than 420 providers in 80 practice sites. Vidant Health is affiliated with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. As a major resource for health services and education, Vidant Health has a mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit www.vidanthealth.com.

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