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Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County to Stay at Peconic Bay Medical Center

RIVERHEAD, NYPeconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) has announced that the New York State Department of Health has approved a five-year extension to house the Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County (CSP) at PBMC to provide free cancer screening and consultation to residents who are without insurance, underinsured or meet income eligibility requirements. The program, which focuses on breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings expands access to high-quality health care for Suffolk County residents who would otherwise not be able to receive these essential, potentially lifesaving screenings.

“Having the Cancer Services Program at Peconic Bay Medical Center is a core aspect of our mission to expand access to advanced healthcare throughout Eastern Suffolk County,” said Amy Loeb, EdD, MBA, RN, executive director PBMC. “Certain forms of cancer, particularly breast, cervical and colon cancer, often do not display early symptoms, so screenings serve as a safe route to early detection. We look forward to the continued extension of access to these life-saving services that everyone deserves to the residents of Suffolk County.”

The Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County at PBMC is funded by the NYS Department of Health and takes a proactive approach to patient care with screenings, diagnostic testing and individualized cancer treatment plans for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. If a screening finds an abnormality, CSP will provide a case manager to guide clients through their follow-up diagnostic appointments. Since 2005, the Cancer Services Program of Suffolk County at Peconic Bay Medical Center has provided 38,547 individuals access to screening services and obtained treatment services for more than 600 people diagnosed with these cancers.

United States Preventive Services Task Force advises the following groups to begin regular screenings for each of the respective forms of cancer: women aged 40 or older or those at high risk for breast cancer, women aged 40 or older for cervical cancer, and women and men aged 45 or older for colorectal cancer.

Cancer screenings and diagnostic services are available at no cost to people who live in New York State, do not have health insurance, or have health insurance with a cost share that may prevent a person from obtaining screening and/or diagnostic services, meet income eligibility requirements and meet age requirements. To learn more about what to expect from screenings and additional support options, visit pbmchealth.org/care-centers-services/services/cancer-services. For more information about Peconic Bay Medical Center, visit pbmchealth.org.

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About Peconic Bay Medical Center
Located in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay Medical Center is a 144-bed nonprofit hospital committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide-ranging, full-scope services and programs, including advanced surgical, cardiac, orthopedic and women’s health care, comprehensive inpatient medical care, palliative care and an extensive range of outpatient services, along with state-of-the-art technology. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health in 2016. For more information, visit PBMCHealth.org and follow us @PeconicBayMedicalCenter on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.