The three most important accomplishments during FYE 30 June 2015: 1.) Our Mammograms in May [MIM] program finished its 13th year with 6,342 women screened over that period. During that time, our physicians have treated 30 women who had undiagnosed breast cancer. MIM 2015 provided screening and follow up care to 480 women. 2.) In memory of our hospital's former Chief of Oncology, Stephen Wolff, MD, we created a memorial fund in Dr. Wolff's name that provides financial resources to cancer patients who have either lost their jobs or been forced out of work during their chemotherapy and radiation treatments. The Stephen Wolff, MD Oncology Patient Fund has provided thousands of dollars to patients the last 18 months helping them with rent, travel arrangements to and from treatment, groceries, nutritional support and other care items. In collaboration with the Team Chad foundation, we have assisted scores of patients who otherwise would have been unable to remain in their apartments or managed to travel to our hospital for treatment. 3.) We are in the second year of our oral health initiative which provides patients aged 18-45 with a free oral health exam, bite wings, cleaning and oral health education—thanks to a grant from the Baptist Healing Trust. This grant grew out of research showing the dramatic connection between oral health problems and resulting diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Because the Tennessee General Assembly failed to pass Insure Tennessee, Nashville General Hospital will continue to see ever rising numbers of uninsured citizens. This means that NGH’s work as a safety net facility and community hospital will be more important than ever. Who are our patients? They are many of our neighbors across town or next door. People who lost their job recently when the factory closed, or who earn minimum wage and have to choose between groceries and medicine, or who have aged to the point where they no longer can fully care for themselves. To address these growing needs, Friends In General steps in with major fundraising and grant support. City taxes no longer cover the rising costs of our community safety net. Friends opens its arms to help fill the gap. Thousands of patients each year visit us who have no money for medicines, x-rays, or treatment for cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, or the elder and respite care they need. These patients and elders know that even in their darkest hour, their wellness comes first with our caregivers. Our acute, long term, assisted living, and respite care programs enable patients and elders, perhaps for the first time in their lives, to take charge of their health and well-being. Please support these empowerment efforts today with a donation to Friends.
Following the death of our hospital's Chief of Oncology, Steven Wolff, MD, FIG created a special fund in Dr. Wolff's memory--and with his guidance before he died. The Steven Wolff, MD Oncology Patient Fund provides financial resources to oncology patients in need who cannot work or who have lost their jobs due to the rigors of chemotherapy and radiation treatment regimens. The fund and FIG have collaborated with the Team Chad foundation to marshal the funds necessary to pay for non-treatment expenses for oncology patients including rent, mortgage payments, grocery bills, transportation costs [from home to treatment and back] as well as nutritional support items. Every patient is quite grateful and is then able to continue with their treatment knowing that they will still have a roof over their heads and food in their refrigerator to feed their families.
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"Women in Tennessee are in the middle of a health crisis. What are YOU going to do?"
Dr. Stephaine Walker's call to action followed the launch of the TN Women's Health Report Card, which showed some clear areas of progress since the previous snapshot of women's health in our state, but also a number of areas in which there is still significant work to be done. While we are getting more mammograms and have significantly decreased our rates of breast and lung cancers, for example, cervical cancer rates have increased, and 42% of Tennessee's women have high blood pressure. Almost 1 in 5 of us smoked while we were pregnant, and 1 in 3 of us are obese. African American women experience striking disparities in rates of breast cancer, STD contraction, and infant mortality.
The full 2013 report can be accessed through the link below. Read carefully, and decide what YOU are going to do to improve the health of women in Tennessee.
The dramatic achievements of public health in the 20th century have improved our quality of life in a myriad of ways, including an increase in life expectancy, worldwide reduction of infant and child mortality rates, and the elimination or reduction of many communicable diseases. In Middle Tennessee, improvements in preventive medicine and advanced medical technology have resulted in increased life expectancy and improved health for many residents. However, significant health disparities exist in our region, resulting in poor health status often related to economic status, race, and/or gender.
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