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The Hospital of Central Connecticut and American Cancer Society Sign Collaborative Agreement

New Britain [May 04 2009] - The American Cancer Society and The Hospital of Central Connecticut are joining forces in the fight against cancer. Both organizations signed a collaboration agreement today to work together on a number of key initiatives, including providing cancer information; support programs for patients, caregivers and families; education activities to promote the early detection of breast, colon and lung cancers; and advocacy and outreach efforts throughout the community.

“We are very excited about the partnership with ACS, which will enhance the services and support we provide to our patients and community,” said Denise Peterson, R.N., M.S., The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s director of oncology services.

“The American Cancer Society actively seeks to collaborate with local hospitals to help provide the public with information, day-to-day help and emotional support through Society staff and volunteers,” said Connie Malave Branyan, director of health initiatives for the American Cancer Society. “Working in tandem with The Hospital of Central Connecticut, we strive further to reach the goals to eliminate cancer as a major health problem by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.”

Through the collaborative agreement, the American Cancer Society and The Hospital of Central Connecticut will work together to:
- Provide free, personalized cancer information and consultation for all newly diagnosed cancer patients.
- Provide free resource materials and research assistance to cancer patients and caregivers.
- Provide supportive services to hospital patients, including Society programs such as Reach to Recovery, a one-to-one emotional support program for breast cancer patients; Look Good Feel Better, a program for female cancer patients undergoing treatment; and Road to Recovery, a free transportation program for cancer patients in need of rides to treatment.
- Conduct outreach targeted to the New Britain community, focusing on cancer prevention and early detection measures.
- Present and partner in cancer survivor recognition opportunities in the New Britain area.

Beginning May 5, an American Cancer Society representative will be at the hospital’s New Britain General campus Tuesdays and Thursdays. The hospital’s cancer resource specialist will staff the Auxiliary Cancer Resource Library Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The American Cancer Society helps patients and their families with free information, support, and local resources. Cancer information specialists are available by phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide information, arrange rides to treatment, or answer insurance questions. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut is a 414-bed, 32-bassinet, acute-care hospital with campuses in New Britain and Southington. The hospital offers a comprehensive line of cancer services, including a variety of advanced radiation oncology technologies and procedures to treat many different cancers. At its George Bray Cancer Center, the hospital offers chemo- and other therapies using the latest anti-cancer drugs and treatments. The hospital also provides inpatient care in its oncology unit and support services for all cancer patients and their caregivers.

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Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366














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