NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester has teamed up with the American Cancer Society and TransCare to offer the ACS Road to Recovery program for southern Westchester County.
“Transportation may seem basic, but it can be a major barrier to accessing cancer treatment that is a key factor in cancer survival rates,” said American Cancer Society Director of Patient and Family Services Connie Bordenga in a statement.
The free program provides free transportation to treatments for cancer patients, and relies primarily on American Cancer Society-trained volunteer drivers, the center said.
TransCare has agreed to be a backup for the Road to Recovery Program in the Sound Shore Medical Center service area.
As a medical transportation provider for SSMC, TransCare will offer their trained supervisors whenever the pool of ACS volunteer drivers is unavailable, the center said.
TransCare will also supply needed transportation for cancer-related treatment appointments, including radiation and chemotherapy just like what is done with volunteer drivers for the program.
“Transportation is our area of expertise, it’s what we do every day, so partnering with the American Cancer Society and Sound Shore Medical Center to help get people to treatment is a natural fit,” said TransCare Senior Vice President Jim O’Connor in a statement.
The center is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, a distinction held by 25 percent of hospitals treating cancer patients, the center said.
The SSMC Cancer Program also includes a state-of-the-art breast center that provides clinical and support services – from screening and diagnosis to treatment and counseling, the center said.
“Since we are the home to the Goldstein Cancer Center, we are always interested in programs that benefit cancer patients,” said Sound Shore Medical Center President and CEO John R. Spicer in a statement. “We are pleased to join the Road to Recovery family.”