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Home    Newsroom    News Releases    CoxHealth News: February 2011    CoxHealth Foundation receives $8,000 in grants to fund programs for patients
CoxHealth Foundation receives $8,000 in grants to fund programs for patients

For immediate release
Feb. 22, 2011

The CoxHealth Foundation today received $8,000 in grants from the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation to fund a program for cancer patients at CoxHealth, and to support the education of the health system's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners.

CoxHealth's Hulston Cancer Center dental oncology program received $4,000 to continue helping the neediest cancer patients pay for dental work prior to and during cancer treatment. 

People receiving cancer therapy often experience serious oral complications. A majority of these patients are elderly; many have no health insurance coverage other than Medicare - and those who do have supplemental insurance often do not have dental coverage. With this grant, CoxHealth will be able to continue to fill the urgent need for dental care for low-income cancer patients in our community.

A $4,000 grant was also awarded to pay for the education and certification of nurses in CoxHealth's Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) program. A S.A.N.E. is a specially trained nurse that collects forensic evidence from patients who have been sexually assaulted. 

Nurses in this program need not only the basic education to become a S.A.N.E. (which includes more than 50 hours of both classroom and clinical training), but also the continuing education it takes to maintain knowledge of ever-changing collection processes and medical advancements. There are currently 16 nurses in the program at CoxHealth that respond 24/7 to the needs of these patients.

The group currently collaborates with law enforcement, the prosecutor's office, The Victim's Center, The Child Advocacy Center, Legal Services of the Ozarks and many other groups to provide medical, physical, emotional, financial and legal support to these patients.

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