Free cancer support programs and services are coming to the North Philadelphia community!
CSCGP is proud to announce a partnership with Temple University Hospital to open a CSCGP satellite in the Temple Cancer Center on Broad Street in North Philadelphia.
The satellite “soft opened” on May 5, with its grand opening to follow in June. CSCGP will be on site at the Temple satellite Tuesdays through Thursdays, and will provide approximately 20 programs a month.
Kelly Harris, CSCGP’s CEO, said that the charity moved to create the North Philadelphia satellite after realizing none of its current locations were accessible by public transportation — meaning that lower income individuals without their own cars weren’t able to take advantage of the programming.
“Our mission is to make sure no one in the Greater Philadelphia region has to face cancer alone,” explained Kelly Harris, CSCGP’s CEO. “That’s why we’re so committed to never charging for any CSCGP program. We don’t want there to ever be a financial or insurance barrier to anyone needing support. And I have to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of local individuals, businesses, and foundations whose financial gifts make these free services possible. But what we realized is that offering the programs for free wasn’t enough if the people who needed them couldn’t get to them.”
CSCGP identified North Philadelphia as an area that would have particular need due to high poverty. The organization reached out to Temple about a potential partnership because of the health system’s century-plus history of delivering high quality healthcare in the North Philadelphia community.
While Temple Cancer Center was already providing social and emotional support programs for its patients, William Trojan, MBA the center’s director, said his team welcomed the opportunity to be able to provide additional support services for the entire North Philadelphia community.
“The need for cancer support services in Temple’s service area is enormous, especially due to the socioeconomic realities in the area,” Bill said. “In 2012, about 44 percent of our patients had an annual income of less than $25,000. And nearly 30 percent had an income of $15,000 or less.”
“The Temple Cancer Center has had a long and successful relationship with the Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia and we feel having this satellite program here at Temple will make a meaningful impact to both our patients and other members of the North Philadelphia community impacted by cancer,” Trojan continued.
Funding for the first two years of the satellite’s operations has been provided by the First Hospital Foundation and the Fourjay Foundation.
“While I cannot stress enough the importance of that funding that the First Hospital and Fourjay foundations provided – because we would not have been able to open without it – these foundations have been so much more than funders,” Harris said. “They helped us flesh out plans for the satellite, suggested additional community partners for us, and generally gave us excellent thoughts and feedback that played into the satellite’s design. They’ve been true partners in this process, we could not be more grateful, and we’re looking forward to benefiting from their continued insight as we further develop and grow the North Philadelphia satellite.”
Kelly said that CSCGP is still looking for funders interested in supporting efforts to provide health services to lower-income populations or to help address health equities. If you know of and have connections to any foundation or corporation that might be interested, CSCGP would appreciate your thoughts and referral! Please contact Beth Starrantino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSCGP already operates satellites at Abington Memorial Hospital, Doylestown Hospital, and St. Mary Medical Center.