The Liberty Hospital Foundation has accepted a grant from the American Cancer Society on behalf of Liberty Hospital to help fund rides for patients in need of getting to and from their cancer treatment appointments.  Through a highly competitive application process that the Liberty Hospital Cancer Committee submitted, the $5,000 grant is being utilized in the form of a gas gift card program for distribution to patients beyond 30 miles of Liberty Hospital.

Transportation can be one of the biggest barriers to receiving cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has awarded grants to health systems partners to help alleviate the strain of transportation for cancer patients. The American Cancer Society is proud to partner with health systems to provide this support to cancer patients.  Without transportation, many patients may not be able to follow their treatment plan as prescribed by their health care team.  Additionally, cancer patients cite transportation to and from treatment as a critical need, second only to direct financial assistance.  Many patients do not have a vehicle or are too ill to drive themselves – family and friends may help but may not have the time or financial means to assume the total responsibility.

The Liberty Hospital Foundation’s Patient Assistance Program aims to help uninsured and underinsured get quality access to health care.  A grant like this helps further the Foundation’s mission.