Local couple starts Oncology Patient Assistance Fund at Piedmont Newnan

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Steve and Marie Swope recently provided a philanthropic gift of $50,000 to the Piedmont Healthcare Foundation to start the Oncology Patient Assistance Fund at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Their generous donation will fund transportation to and from confirmed medical appointments for patients and purchase medical supplies for at home care for cancer patients who are underinsured or uninsured in Coweta and surrounding communities.

“We thank Steve and Marie for their generosity in helping cancer patients in our communities gain access to the care they need,” said Vicki Kaiser, Executive Director of Oncology, Support Services & Community Affairs at Piedmont Newnan. “When you are diagnosed with cancer, you should not have to worry about how you are going to get the treatment you need. With this fund, patients in need will have greater access to care.”

The Piedmont Newnan Oncology Support Services team will work together with Piedmont’s case managers to qualify patients who are truly in need of this type of patient assistance, and our nurse navigator and oncology social worker will supply these qualified patients with the supplies they need and arrange transportation to and from their appointments.

“Cancer touches just about every family at some point – it certainly has touched ours,” said Steve and Marie Swope. “The diagnosis of cancer can be physically, emotionally, and financially devastating.  Many families simply don’t have the resources to care for a sick family member and carry on their day to day lives.  We believe that supporting the Oncology Patient Assistance Fund will help alleviate the burden these families face.”

Piedmont Newnan is a nonprofit community hospital. As a nonprofit, donations are a vital to supporting our mission, and directly benefit the health and wellness of patients in our community. For more information on how to give, visit www.piedmont.org/give.

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