Goals for 2018

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Goals for 2018

  1. We are exploring a project with Providence Sacred Heart that would be creating an oncology triage center within the hospital. If implemented, oncology patients would no longer need to go to the emergency room! If patients experience neutropenic fever, pain, excessive nausea or other side effects brought on by chemotherapy, they can skip the long wait in the ER and go to a triage center being planned for the oncology floor of Providence Sacred Heart. This project could take a couple years to see through as it will require a remodel to create a 3 bed triage center, as well as the coordination of all the logistics to offer quality care for patients. The Cancer Can't board has formed a committee that has been working with the Providence Foundation on this project for the last 6 months. We are in the planning stage but things are looking very positive that this will be something that we can provide our community.

  2. The Cancer Can't board is also working on a transportation project for oncology patients. Often patients do not have a caregiver that is able to get them to and from all of their appointments associated with cancer treatment. Currently treatment centers are attempting to work with over 5 transportation services in the Spokane area. Our goal is not to reinvent the wheel, but to offer assistance with a current problem. We are working to hire a social worker that would become the transportation coordinator and would handle the coordination of rides using existing programs and services. This would free up so much time for the treatment centers to allow them to focus on other ways to assist patients and have peace of mind that the patients are getting to their appointments.

  3. We are hoping this year we will be able to launch a series of classes provided each month that will focus on patient education. Upon diagnosis there are tons of decisions patients face with almost no experience or knowledge of what the path hold before them. These classes will focus on insurance options, Medicare/Medicaid, how to challenge insurance rulings, Social Security, Resources available in our community, How to find Financial assistance, and more.