The American Cancer Society, in collaboration with the Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Control Program , are funding 10 Wisconsin health systems, including ThedaCare, to implement “Continuum of Care” projects focused on the care of patients through the implementation of individualized survivor care plans, increased access to patient navigation, and reduced barriers to colorectal cancer screening.
The intent of these projects is to advance the development of survivorship care plans and/or patient navigation process in state healthcare systems. It will also provide health care systems the opportunity to increase availability of screening for colorectal cancer to medically underserved individuals. Priority was given to those proposals that demonstrate potential for changes in community or health care systems that, upon completion of the project, could lead to sustained efforts, stronger partnerships, and a lasting impact.
These grants work to provide additional support to the Commission on Cancer Standards, as listed in the Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care v1.0. Six systems were funded up to $1,700 to do training in the area of survivorship care plans: Agnesian Cancer Center, Aurora Baycare-VLCC, Bellin Health, Holy Family Memorial Cancer Center, Marshfield Clinic, and ThedaCare. Eight systems were funded up to $1,700 to do training in the area of patient navigation: Agnesian Cancer Center, Aurora Baycare-VLCC, Bellin Health, Holy Family Memorial Cancer Center, Marshfield Clinic, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, ThedaCare, and UW Cancer Center-Riverview. Three systems were funded up to $3,700 to do a colorectal screening event for un/underinsured: Agnesian Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare, and Columbia St. Mary’s.