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Community Healthcare System hospitals recognized for lung cancer care
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Community Healthcare System hospitals recognized for lung cancer care

Community Healthcare System hospitals recognized for lung cancer care

Radiologist Jonathon Lee; Marie Duval Macke, service line administrator for oncology; Roxanne Propeck, manager of cancer resources and clinical trials; and Leo Correa, CEO of St. Catherine Hospital, pose for a photo at the new $2.1 million Cancer and Infusion Center at St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago.

Community Healthcare System hospitals in Northwest Indiana earned a Care Continuum Center of Excellence for Lung Cancer designation, which only had been previously conferred to about 40 hospitals nationwide.

The Washington, D.C.-based GO2 Foundation, which bills itself as the world's leading organization for saving and extending the lives of lung cancer patients, bestowed the honor on Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, and also recognized all of them and Community Stroke & Rehabilitation Center in Crown Point as Centers of Excellence in Lung Cancer Screening.

The Northwest Indiana hospitals were honored for their commitment to improve outcomes for lung cancer patients and were the first in the Region to earn the Cancer Center of Excellence distinction.

“We are proud and honored to be working with Community Healthcare System as a GO2 Foundation Care Continuum Center of Excellence,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, co-founder, president and CEO of GO2 Foundation. “Their commitment will help save lives and improve long-term survivorship by giving patients access to high-quality, multidisciplinary care closer to home. They are the example to follow.”

Community Healthcare System uses state-of-the-art technology in lung cancer detection, including a next-generation Computer-Aided Digital system at Community Hospital in April.

“This CAD technology is a form of artificial intelligence in radiology,” radiologist Jonathon Lee said. “It helps our radiologists detect 20 to 30 percent more lung nodules that may have been overlooked by the human eye. It will also help us track smaller nodules in the lungs to see if they enlarge over time.”

Community Healthcare System get multidisciplinary care aimed at improving chances of survival that includes early screening, tumor genetic testing, clinical trial access, minimally invasive biopsy, physical therapy, and lung cancer care navigator support.

“Our network of hospitals and our multidisciplinary cancer care team is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality care,” said Marie Duval Macke, service line administrator for oncology. “We are proud of our team, early lung cancer detection programs, treatment and patient care protocols and the impact we are having on our local community.”

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