ST. LOUIS - The Siteman Cancer Center is once again a finalist for a Community Impact Project grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG program and needs online votes from the public as the final step in the grant process. Applications receiving the most votes from the public will receive a grant.
By voting at http://bjhne.ws/vote4Siteman until March 23, the Pillars4Life patient support program becomes closer to reality. Because Siteman is the only National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center within a 240 mile radius of St. Louis, patients travel from great distances to receive their cancer care. Members of Siteman’s psycho-oncology service submitted a proposal to LIVESTRONG to launch an initiative creating a “virtual” program so cancer patients will not have to make additional trips to St. Louis to receive psychosocial care.
LIVESTRONG asked for applicants seeking funding for “a program proven to support those fighting cancer” and Siteman’s application has gone to the final stage where the public’s vote determines the winners. Organizations receiving the most votes within each region will be awarded funds.
Siteman previously has received two awards from the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project:
The Arts as Healing program, sponsored by Washington University School of Medicine’s Medical Photography, Illustration and Computer Graphics (MedPIC) department, received a $16,000 award in the “Arts in Healthcare” category. The funding allowed Arts as Healing to implement an artists-in-residence program that helps patients learn about and become absorbed in their own creative resources as they meet the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The program works at patients’ bedsides and in small group settings.
Social worker Anne Rihanek submitted a proposal that received $4,000 in the “Cancer Transitions” category. The award was used to support, educate and empower people with cancer in the transitional period after treatment is over.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital is 1,288 bed teaching hospital affiliated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. The hospital has a 1,763 member medical staff with many recognized as "Best Doctors in America." Barnes-Jewish is a member of BJC HealthCare, which provides a full range of health care services through its 13 hospitals and more than 100 health care sites in Missouri and Illinois. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is also consistently ranked as one of America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S.News & World Report.