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Pilot Site Profile

St. Francis Medical Center, Grand Island, Nebraska
St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center

Michael R. Gloor, CEO, St. Francis Medical Center
Mehmet Copur, MD, Medical Director, St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center (SFCTC)
Max Norvell, Administrative Director, SFCTC

Good Samaritan Hospital serves nearly 350,000 people in central Nebraska and northern Kansas. With 207 beds, the hospital is the largest regional referral center between Lincoln, Nebraska and Denver, Colorado. The hospital opened the Good Samaritan Cancer Center in 2004 as a detached outpatient facility on the hospital campus, with construction underway for a radiation therapy unit. The cancer program at Good Samaritan has three medical oncologists and one radiation oncologist who treated 578 new cancer patients in 2005.

Patient Service Area
The St. Francis service area stretches from South Dakota to the north, Kansas to the south, and west into the Nebraska panhandle. The hospital treated a significant 80 percent of patients in Hall County, its home county, in 2005. Hall County is home to a growing Hispanic population, which currently represents 20 percent of county residents. More than 80 percent of this population have incomes of less than $25,000, and nearly three-quarters of women say they have never had a mammogram.

Access and Outreach Initiatives
St. Francis participates in the Multicultural Coalition, formed in Grand Island in 2001, to serve the area’s increasingly diverse population. The hospital also provides on-site breast cancer risk assessment screening, clinical breast exams, and clinical skin cancer exams at clinics and health fairs around the region.

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