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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - Inspira’s Cancer Center named Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance

Screening Centers Across the Country are Following Best Practices to Ensure Responsible Screening for Those At Risk for Lung Cancer



VINELAND, NJ (July 21, 2014) – Inspira’s Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Low dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably saves tens of thousands of lives a year.

“We are proud and honored to be working with Inspira’s cancer team as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence. Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow,” says LCA President and CEO, Laurie Fenton Ambrose.

Designated Screening Centers of Excellence are committed to provide clear information based on current evidence on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening. As a screening center of excellence, Inspira complies with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP). These standards ensure screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures are performed by an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical team.

“Inspira is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality care,” said Sandra Murray, R.N., O.C.N., certified tobacco treatment specialist and thoracic, head and neck oncology nurse navigator. “Low dose CT screening has shown to be the only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group of designated centers and to provide the community with access to a high quality lung cancer screening program.”

Inspira’s lung cancer screening program provides the region with access to critical screening for early detection which is proven to increase survivorship. The program follows the high risk inclusion criteria as established by the National Lung Cancer Screening Trial, which found that screening for lung cancer using low-dose CT scans can lower the chance of dying from lung cancer by 20 percent.

Additionally, Inspira offers a free program to help community members break the habit and quit smoking for good through support and education from an experienced certified tobacco treatment specialist.

Community members who are interested in lung cancer screening or who need help to quit smoking, are encouraged to contact Inspira at (856) 641-8670.

About Lung Cancer Alliance
LCA is committed to saving lives and accelerating research by empowering people living with or at risk for lung cancer. LCA provides live, professional support, referral and information services to patients, their loved ones and those at risk for lung cancer; conducts national awareness campaigns, including the award winning No One Deserves to Die Campaign attacking the stigma of the disease and the Moments Campaign, spreading word about the risk and screening with a risk navigator tool for consumers; and advocates for multiple millions in public health dollars for lung cancer research. www.lungcanceralliance.org

About Inspira Health Network
Inspira Health Network is a charitable nonprofit health care organization formed in November 2012 by the merger of South Jersey Healthcare and Underwood-Memorial Hospital. The network, which traces its roots to 1899, now comprises three hospitals, four multi-specialty health centers and a total of more than 60 locations. These include outpatient imaging and rehabilitation centers; urgent care; numerous specialty centers, including sleep medicine, cardiac testing and wound care; home care and hospice; and more than two dozen primary and specialty physician practices in Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

Together with its medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians and other care providers, Inspira Health Network provides evidence-based care to help each patient achieve the best possible outcome. Clinical and support staffs are focused on providing quality care in a safe environment. For more information about Inspira Health Network, call 1-800-INSPIRA.