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Nueva Vida & Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital to Provide Latino Breast Cancer Outreach through Susan B. Komen Foundation Grant

December 22, 2010

RICHMOND, JANUARY 22, 2010 Nueva Vida and Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital are partnering to launch breast cancer outreach for the Latino community. Nueva Vida, a support network for Latinas with cancer based in Washington, DC, received a grant from the Susan B. Komen Foundation at a ceremony held January 20, 2010, at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, VA. The grant will fund a part-time navigator to support Richmond-area Latino outreach for breast cancer education and provide access to health care services. Working in partnership with the Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital at Johnston-Willis Hospital, the grant will also provide staff to teach workshops, seminars and provide emotional support and the area's first breast cancer support group in Spanish.

"We are excited to work with Nueva Vida to provide breast cancer information to this growing segment of the Richmond community," said Steven Castle, Administrator of Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital. "Our goal is to put patients first. Having a nurse navigator who is familiar with Latina culture will help make sure that neither language, nor cultural differences keeps anyone from receiving the best preventative care or cancer treatment."

Nueva Vida is one of few organizations nationwide providing unique comprehensive programs for Latinas with cancer. Services are provided by culturally and medically competent professionals in Spanish. To date, thousands of Latina breast cancer survivors and their families have benefited from Nueva Vida's comprehensive programs and many more have benefited from their screening campaigns.

In 2008, Nueva Vida conducted a study exploring the needs of Latinas in the Richmond community and developed a needs assessment of for Latinas with breast cancer that identified the lack of resources available to this population. In 2009, the group explored the specific needs of survivors through focus groups and beginning interaction with clients. The preliminary results showed that the Latino population of Richmond is growing as is the need for services.

"We are very fortunate to have established a partnership with Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital during the needs assessment process and are looking forward to working together to enhance the quality of life of uninsured and underserved Latinas affected by cancer in Richmond," said Larisa Caicedo, Executive Director of Nueva Vida.

The study found that there is a clear lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate services for Hispanics in the Richmond area. There are primary care clinics and preventative services, such as mammogram screenings in Richmond that serve the Hispanic community. Some of these clinics and screening services employ a few Spanish speaking providers or volunteers. However, from reports by providers themselves, there are a limited amount of specialty providers that can offer medical services in Spanish speaking environments without using a call-in translation service. There have been no reported services of patient navigation or support group/counseling services offered in Spanish or in a culturally appropriate manner for Latinas diagnosed with breast cancer. The comprehensive model used by Nueva Vida includes services from screening to detection to diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

About Nueva Vida Support Network for Latinas with Cancer Nueva Vida was founded in 1996 with the mission to inform support and empower Latina whose lives are affected by cancer, and to advocate for and facilitate the timely access to state of the art cancer care, including screening, diagnosis, treatment and care for all Latinas. Nueva Vida's programs include education, access to health care services, mental health support, advocacy and research. www.nueva-vida.org

About CJW Medical Center CJW Medical Center has 758 beds on its two campuses. Chippenham Hospital, in the city of Richmond, offers a state-designated level III trauma center, The Levinson Heart Hospital and Tucker Pavilion; while Johnston-Willis Hospital, in Chesterfield County, offers the Thomas Johns Cancer Hospital and the Neuroscience & Gamma Knife Center. CJW Medical Center is a member of HCA Virginia Health System. www.CJWMedical.com

About HCA Virginia Health System Central Virginia Market With 1,800 beds, more than 6,600 employees and 1,600 affiliated physicians, the Central Virginia team of HCA Virginia Health System is the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider and one of the largest private employers in Central Virginia. In Central Virginia, HCA Virginia Health System operates six hospital campuses along with freestanding surgery, imaging and family health centers. Our hospitals include Chippenham Hospital, Johnston-Willis Hospital, John Randolph Medical Center, Henrico Doctors' Hospital, Parham Doctors' Hospital and Retreat Doctors' Hospital. Both CJW Medical Center and Henrico Doctors' Hospital have been named HealthGrades 'America's 50 Best Hospitals' in 2007 and 2008. They are the only Virginia hospitals to earn this distinction two years in a row. For more information or to select a physician, please contact 800-888-DOCS or visit www.HCAvirginia.com.

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