SMHC Cancer Care Program Awarded $20K Grant from John T Gorman Foundation

June 27, 2017
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the John T. Gorman Foundation through the Foundation’s annual Direct Services Grant Program. The grant will help SMHC’s Cancer Care and Blood Disorders program provide immediate financial relief for patients in need of assistance with healthcare- and transportation-related expenses.

"We are incredibly grateful to the John T. Gorman Foundation for helping to ensure that our patients will receive the care they deserve," said William Perron, director of SMHC Cancer Care and Blood Disorders. "Many patients have difficulty covering the cost of transportation to appointments and healthcare expenses, including medication, deductibles and co-payments. Recently one of our patients was required to take an oral steroid medication for three days prior to his chemotherapy infusions, to help mitigate the side effects of the treatment. He ordered the medication through his prescription program but learned that it would take five weeks to fill. Knowing that he needed it sooner, he went to a local pharmacy to fill the prescription and was told it would cost $16 to cover the cost. The patient did not fill the prescription because he did not have the funds to do so. This grant will help us prevent $16 from acting as a barrier to patients having the most successful, comfortable, supported cancer journey possible." 

Within Maine, York County ranked highest in cancer incidence rates as shown in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent annual cancer report. Recognizing the pressing need for accessible cancer care for residents in York County, SMHC launched its Cancer Care and Blood Disorders Program in 2015 with locations in Biddeford and Sanford, where no other cancer services existed. As a non-profit organization, SMHC provides care to patients regardless of their ability to pay, investing $1.2M for total cancer care in 2016.

About Southern Maine Health Care
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC) is a national award-winning healthcare system with a non-profit mission "to improve the health and health care of the communities we serve."  SMHC includes a full service, acute care medical center in Biddeford, with York County’s only inpatient mental health unit. Emergency care, surgical services, and diagnostic and therapy services are available at SMHC’s Medical Centers in Biddeford and Sanford. SMHC offers primary care and multi-specialty physician services, diagnostic and therapy services, and Walk-In Care centers in various York County communities including Biddeford, Kennebunk, Saco, Sanford and Waterboro. SMHC is Joint Commission accredited and has been recognized for quality excellence by numerous outside organizations. To learn more about SMHC and SMHC providers, visit smhc.org, youtube.com/c/smhcorgme, or twitter.com/SMHCHealth.

About the John T. Gorman Foundation
John T. Gorman, known as Tom, was a grandson of L.L. Bean and established the Foundation I 1995 to help disadvantaged Mainers. In recent years, the independent, statewide Foundation has moved to focus strategically on four key areas: improving educational achievement for children; promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth; helping struggling parents to support their families and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible. In 2017, the Foundation expects to distribute a total of $7 million across all its grant programs and initiatives across the state. For more information about the John T. Gorman Foundation, visit jtgfoundation.org.