Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards Two Grants to Support Comprehensive Cancer Community Collaboration at Several Hospitals in New

  Bristol-Myers Squibb Awards Two Grants to Support Comprehensive Cancer
  Community Collaboration at Several Hospitals in New Jersey

  Grants to American Cancer Society and Princeton HealthCare System support
   navigation programs designed to improve outcomes and promote efficient,
                 cost-effective care for patients with cancer

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- March 13, 2013

Bristol-Myers Squibb has awarded grants totaling $175,000 to the American
Cancer Society Eastern Division and Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) to
support comprehensive navigation services for patients with cancer both
independently and as part of a collaborative effort among several hospitals in
central New Jersey.

Several studies have linked patient navigation to improvements in patient
outcomes and survival rates, particularly for patients with cancer. Navigation
is viewed as an integral component of cancer services. Navigators help
coordinate patients’ care and guide them to resources that can provide
psychosocial support and address financial concerns, language or cultural
issues, and day-to-day needs such as transportation.

The grant to PHCS supports the expansion of a successful patient navigation
program at the system’s acute-care hospital, University Medical Center of
Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) in Plainsboro, N.J. The program was first
piloted at UMCPP’s Breast Health Center in East Windsor, N.J., under the
guidance of a breast health navigator, and also among UMCPP’s patients with
lung and esophageal cancer. The move toward a Comprehensive Oncology Patient
Navigation Program will expand navigation services to encompass all cancer
patient categories at UMCPP’s Edward & Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care.

The Matthews Center for Cancer Care at UMCPP regularly refers patients to the
American Cancer Society, and the two jointly offer the “Look Good Feel Better”
program. In addition, the Matthews Center for Cancer Care regularly offers
collaborative programs with Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey and
frequently refers patients to Cancer Care for counseling and psychosocial

PHCS used the Bristol-Myers Squibb grant to expand its patient navigation
staff to include a full-time senior navigator at UMCPP, fund a patient
orientation program and provide more materials to help patients better
understand their diagnoses.

“We envision a program in which all patients who receive a cancer diagnosis at
UMCPP [approximately 800 to 900 per year] and patients who are returning for
cancer treatment [approximately 200 per year] will be routed through an
integrated program in which they will be supported from inception to
aftercare,” said Judy Neuman, CTR, director, Cancer Services, Edward & Marie
Matthews Center for Cancer Care at UMCPP. “We believe that making this
available to our patients will help them to better cope with their diagnoses
and to better understand and manage their experiences through a complex
healthcare system as they receive treatment.”

Jeff Descoteau, whose mother undergoes treatment at UMCPP, said the navigator
service proved invaluable.Patients and their families can be overwhelmed when
they receive a diagnosis of cancer. But Descoteau said the navigator at UMCPP,
Lori McMullen, RN, MSN, OCN, relieved the stress by helping them understand
the treatment options and available resources. McMullen explained which
expenses were covered by insurance or secondary insurance and also informed
the family about national programs that offer additional financial aid. She
made them aware of in-home services, including medical care and assistance
with household tasks. She also helped them with assistance for the cost of
prescriptions and connected them to transportation services for medical visits
or treatments.

“Lori McMullen is an angel in our eyes,” Descoteau said. “She took the time to
learn of our personal situation, and she not only shared her knowledge about
the resources available to us but also did the legwork to get the results we
needed for any situation. With her assistance, my mom was able to focus on
what she needed to do to get back to a normal life. And I was able to focus on
what is most important to me: my mom.”

The American Cancer Society Eastern Division (ACS) will use its Bristol-Myers
Squibb grant to support onsite patient navigation program and services for
underserved, newly diagnosed cancer patients in Mercer and Middlesex counties
in New Jersey. In addition, the grant will enable ACS professional staff to
develop or work with existing patient navigation teams at area health systems,
including the Matthews Center for Cancer Care at UMCPP. ACS professional staff
will spend two half-days per week at UMCPP as well as at the sites of its
other health system collaboration partners.

ACS uses a team-based, on-site approach to providing underserved patients with
increased access to essential non-clinical services including transportation,
financial assistance, support services and cancer information. ACS navigators
also link patients to hospital and local community resources. Another key
feature of the program is the close collaboration with health system partners:
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey,
Capital Health System and UMCPP.

"A cancer diagnosis can be a life-changing experience for patients, their
families and their caregivers," said Natasha Coleman, MPH, regional vice
president, ACS. "Our patient navigators will be able to provide cancer
patients in Middlesex and Mercer counties support every step of the way, from
explaining what to expect with chemotherapy to making sure patients have
transportation to and from appointments. Fighting cancer is a difficult,
challenging journey; with the help of this grant, patients don't have to go
through it alone. This close collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson University
Hospital, University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro and Capital
Health System allows all health partners to increase our capacity to serve
newly diagnosed and underserved patients in our area.”

Collaborations such as those among UMCPP, ACS and other service organizations
have the potential to make a significant impact on the lives of cancer
patients, says Murdo Gordon, senior vice president, Oncology, U.S.
Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb. “Bringing together organizations with
common goals, similar programs and potentially complimentary services can lead
to efficiencies in immediately tangible ways,” he says. “With the coming
changes of the Affordable Care Act, the financial impact on organizations and
individuals will likely be profound, and the entire cancer community will need
to work together to address these concerns. Collaborative approaches, such as
those being taken by UMCPP and the American Cancer Society, which bring
together meaningful services from various providers to support a given
community, is a refreshing solution.”

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About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than 3
million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by
every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization,
the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death
rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks
in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and
countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As
we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight
against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s largest private,
not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have
the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care,
lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help,
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About Princeton HealthCare System

Princeton HealthCare System is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system
that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of central New Jersey
residents, including acute care hospital services through University Medical
Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, behavioral healthcare, rehabilitation, home
care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, a primary and specialty medical
practice, and fitness and wellness services. For more information, visit


Bristol-Myers Squibb
Frederick Egenolf, 609-252-4875,
Princeton HealthCare System
Andy Williams, 609-252-8785,
American Cancer Society, Central New Jersey Region
Natasha Coleman, 732-951-6376,
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