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    Programs

    CPMC operates the programs described below as a benefit to the community.

    African American Breast Health and Sister to Sister Breast Health Programs

    Goal
    To provide access to no-cost mammography screening for uninsured women who live in San Francisco at both the California and the St. Luke’s campuses. Access to mammography screening is crucial for early breast cancer detection which allows for better treatment outcomes and longevity of life.

    Program Details
    Women screened through the African American Breast Health (AABH) and Sister to Sister programs also receive all the subsequent breast health diagnostic testing and treatment they may need at no cost. Partnering organizations, such as Bayview-Hunter’s Point Senior Center, Calvary Hill Community Church, Glide Health Services, the San Francisco Free Clinic, and Clinic by the Bay, refer uninsured, disadvantaged, and at-risk women for mammography services. Recently, the program has expanded its outreach network by establishing an innovative partnership with the Women’s Re-Entry Program at the San Francisco County Jail, Conard House, and the Women’s Community Clinic.

    Key Statistics
    • In 2012, the AABH and Sister to Sister programs provided screening mammograms to 391 individuals and detected and treated one case of breast cancer.
    For more information please visit the African American Breast Health and Sister to Sister Breast Health web page or contact Cecilia A. Thomas at (415) 600-7358 or at ThomasCA@Sutterhealth.org.

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    Lions Eye Foundation

    Goal
    The Lions Eye Foundation of California-Nevada provides access to highly specialized eye care for people without insurance or financial resources. CPMC has a 52-year partnership with the Lions Eye Foundation that allows them to meet their singular mission of restoring “the gift of sight by providing free ophthalmic examinations, operations, and medication to the less fortunate members of our community.”

    Program Details
    Among its referral sources are many of San Francisco’s safety-net clinics, including North East Medical Services, the Haight Ashbury Clinic, the San Francisco Free Clinic, and the Department of Public Health clinics. Teaching and attending ophthalmologists donate their time and clinical knowledge in the eye clinic and assist at all patient surgeries. CPMC’s expertise in complex eye procedures and surgeries complements the Lions Eye Foundation’s mission. The Lions Eye Foundation and CPMC work together to improve sight amongst patients in need. CPMC provides complex care, including surgeries to a constant flow of patients in need that are referred to the Lions Eye Foundation clinic.

    Key Statistics
    • Over the past year the Lions Eye Foundation performed 280 general surgeries, 160 laser surgeries, and 600 Avastin injections.
    For more information please visit the Lions Eye Foundation website or contact Mark Paskvan at (415) 600-3936 or at PaskvaM@Sutterhealth.org.

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    Coming Home Hospice

    Goal
    Coming Home Hospice is a residential hospice for terminally ill clients and their families. They provide care and support for clients when care at home is no longer an option.

    Program Details
    The hospice provides 24-hour nursing care and personal care in a homelike setting for people who cannot be cared for at home. Coming Home Hospice provides medical care, nursing care, psychosocial counseling, spiritual counseling, religious services, personal care, medication care, massage therapy, and recreational activities.

    Coming Home Hospice first opened in 1987 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Today, while fewer people are dying of AIDS, Coming Home Hospice remains a valued resource for seniors and others in the final stages of terminal diseases. While some government funding is available for hospice services, reimbursement rates do not fully cover the cost of providing these services. CPMC covers the difference between program costs and reimbursement, thereby assuring that high-quality residential hospice care is accessible to terminally ill patients, regardless of their ability to pay.

    Key Statistics
    • Coming Home Hospice has served 2,280 patients since its inception in 1987.
    For more information please visit the Coming Home Hospice website or contact Richard Nasca directly at (415) 861-1110 or at nascar@sutterhealth.org.

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    HIV/AIDS Case Management

    Goal
    To provide case management services to CPMC HIV/AIDS patients regardless of their ability to pay.

    Program Details
    CPMC’s HIV/AIDS Case Management Program was established in the 1990’s in response to the onset of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Services were covered by the State of California. When funding for HIV/AIDS case management services was eliminated by the state in 2009, CPMC made a commitment to continue to provide grant funding to the program, thereby assuring that high-quality case management services continued to be available to CPMC patients, regardless of their ability to pay for those services. HIV/AIDS Case Management also assists HIV clients with enrollment into the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) as well as OA HIPP, which assists with health insurance premiums.

    Key Statistics
    • In 2012, HIV/AIDS Case Management enrolled over 700 clients in ADAP and is currently assisting over 70 clients in OA HIPP.
    For more information please contact HIV/AIDS case management directly by contacting Betty Zipkin or Laila Hinkle at (415) 600-5058.

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