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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 Glide Health Services, San Francisco Free Clinic, Clinic by the Bay, and National Coalition of 100 Black Women, refer uninsured, disadvantaged and at-risk women for mammography services. Recently, the programs expanded their outreach network with presentations at the Arab Cultural and Community Center, and at WomenRise for Global Peace events sponsored by the Tenderloin Housing Clinic.

    Key Statistics
    • In 2013, the AABH and Sister to Sister programs provided mammograms to 339 individuals.
    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
    Lions Eye Foundation of California-Nevada provides access to highly specialized eye care for people without insurance or financial resources. For over 50 years, CPMC's partnership with Lions Eye Foundation has allowed 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
    CPMC’s expertise in complex eye procedures and surgeries complements Lions Eye Foundation’s mission to improve the sight of patients in need. Teaching and attending ophthalmologists donate their time and clinical knowledge in the eye clinic and assist at all patient surgeries, serving a constant flow of patients that are referred to the clinic. Among LEF’s referral sources are many of San Francisco’s safety-net clinics, including North East Medical Services, Clinic by the Bay, Glide Health Services, and San Francisco Free Clinic.

    Key Statistics
    • Over the past year, Lions Eye Foundation performed 325 general surgeries and 210 laser surgeries.
    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 2,444 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 2013, 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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