RAPID CITY, S.D. (Nov. 6, 2019) – The Regional Health John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute in Rapid City has received a grant of up to $30,000 from the South Dakota Department of Health to launch a survivorship program for the institute’s breast cancer patients.
Regional Health will work with the Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Control Program to expand a variety of services for breast cancer patients after they complete their medical treatment.
“We’re excited to launch this program, and we’re grateful to the South Dakota Department of Health for making these funds available,” said Kristi Gylten, Director of the John T. Vucurevich Cancer Care Institute. “Cancer survivors need a variety of support services after their medical care is completed. That can include everything from smoking cessation and nutrition counseling to follow-up screenings and coordination with their primary care physician.”
Under the program, the Cancer Care Institute will expand its patient navigation services to support patients through the after-treatment process. In addition, the institute will put the survivors in touch with community-based programs that can help with psychosocial support, rehabilitation and chronic disease management. These services can improve the quality of life, boost self-confidence and inspire positive lifestyle changes.
About Regional Health
Headquartered in Rapid City, S.D., Regional Health is a community-based health care system with a mission to make a difference, every day. Regional Health offers care in 33 medical specialties and serves 20 communities across western South Dakota and in eastern Wyoming. With over 4,500 physicians and caregivers, Regional Health is comprised of 5 hospitals, 8 specialty and surgical centers and more than 40 medical clinics and health care service centers.
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