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Methodist Healthcare and The West Clinic partners in online race for community impact funding

Methodist Healthcare, in partnership with The West Clinic, has been selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project.

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 began on Wednesday (Mar. 7). 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 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. It’s : a patient/caregiver support program to enhance quality of life for cancer patients. It 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 train social workers to more efficiently triage and attend to the psychosocial needs of a much greater number of patients. Nearly, 40 percent of Methodist’s patients travel from outside of the Shelby County. The Pillars4Life program would allow Methodist to deliver support to the patients without the burden of travel.

 “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,” said Erich Mounce, director of cancer services for Methodist and chief executive officer of The West Clinic.

The 2012 Community Impact Project will offer nearly $1.4 million in implementation awards to 90 finalists. That represents the largest number of financial awards LIVESTRONG has granted in a single year. LIVESTRONG has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations.  

Voting ends on March 23 at 5 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)

 

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