Lung Patient Navigator Coordinates Further Diagnostic Care Services
(NEWARK, NJ – November, 2014) Each year, lung cancer kills more Americans than all other cancers combined.
This is especially true in underserved communities with limited access
to medical care. The Lung Cancer Screening Program at Newark Beth Israel
Medical Center (NBIMC) provides access to care, education and early diagnosis.
A lung screening at NBIMC, using low dose Computerized Tomography (CT)
Scan, can take as little as 15 minutes from the start of the test. That
could be the time it takes to save a life.
NBIMC Lung Health Work Group Gathered around the state-of-the-art GE 64
slice low-dose CT scanner
L to R: Steven Parmett, MD, Chairman, Department of Radiology, Michael
Connelly R. T. ( R ) BSBA-HCM, Administrative Director of Radiology, Haywood
S. Barnes III, Lung Cancer Screening Program Patient Navigator, Pratik
Patel, MD, FCCP, Director of Interventional Pulmonology, Thiruvengadam
Anandarangam, MD, Medical Staff Vice President, Jeremy Green, MD, Chief
of Ultrasound and Body MR, Co-Chief of Musculoskeletal Imaging, and Ravindra
Karanam, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Barnabas Heart and Lung Center.
Working together to win the fight against lung cancer, a multidisciplinary
team of NBIMC radiologists, pulmonologists, a cardiothoracic surgeon,
along with the lung program patient navigator, are going out into the
community to build awareness and encourage those who may be at high risk
to undergo the painless, non-invasive test. "Prevention and wellness
are key to a healthy lifestyle," said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's
Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President of Barnabas Health.
He continued, "The incidence of lung cancer is prevalent in our community.
It is vital to be tested if you fall into the categories where there is
heightened risk for lung cancer."
Early diagnosis is an important part of addressing lung cancer yet only
15 percent of cases are diagnosed early. Unfortunately African Americans
are more likely to develop lung cancer than any other population group.
"We are excited about NBIMC's Lung Cancer Screening Program as the U.S.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it
will approve CT lung cancer screening for Medicare recipients" states
Steven Parmett, MD, Chairman, Department of Radiology at NBIMC, "This
decision will help us identify lung cancer at an early, very treatable
stage, with the ability to increase survival rate for our patients by
The team works to ensure that if lung screening indicates further testing
is needed, the patient along with his referring physician has the appropriate
care lined up whether it is a cancer specialist at the Frederick B. Cohen
Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center or a surgical specialist
from the Barnabas Health Heart and Lung Center at NBIMC. The patient navigator
facilitates the education, appointment scheduling, works out transportation
challenges and coordinates any additional diagnostic services needed.
In order to undergo a screening, you must be: 55 to 74 years of age; a
smoker with at least 30 packs-year smoking history; or a former smoker.
Appointments are made by calling
Are You or Were You a Smoker? Have you Been Exposed to Second-Hand Smoke?
Do You Know About the Hazards of Third-Hand Smoke? Are You Concerned?
In order to undergo a screening, you must be:
1) 55 to 74 years of age, and
2) a smoker with at least 30 packs-year smoking history or a former smoker
For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Program
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, please call
Department of Radiology
201 Lyons Ave., B2
Newark, NJ 07112
Lung Cancer Screening Program Navigator
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching
hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities
and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and
150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions
annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number
of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only
lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas
Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation
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Israel Medical Center and part of Barnabas Health, is the state's
premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat
ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the
most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well
as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. CHoNJ is
home to the state's largest NICU with the only ECMO unit. For a referral
to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 973-926-4446.
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