After three months of treatment, including radiation, Barbara’s cancer shrunk. Then, she successfully worked with colorectal surgeons at Saint Joseph Hospital to deal with the cancer treatment’s impact on her colon. Gary noted the remarkable collaboration between her cancer and colorectal teams, calling Dr. Croley the “quarterback.” He added, “God, through Dr. Croley, saved Barb’s life.”
Barbara also noted the philanthropy-funded comfort care tote bag filled with hand-picked items, which helped get her through treatments. She also appreciated the new pharmacy at the CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Center, which allowed them to quickly retrieve medications and speak directly with the pharmacist rather than driving to Saint Joseph Hospital.
“It’s small in the scheme of things, but the impact was priceless,” Barbara said.
Gary points out that all patients at CHI Saint Joseph Health can expect this type of care. Patients also have access to leading national specialists thanks to the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center affiliation. Starting at the end of May, the affiliation expanded to CHI Saint Joseph Health – Cancer Care Centers in Bardstown, Corbin, London and Mount Sterling.
The CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations’ Evening of Hope event on May 15 raised critical funding to ensure that physicians have all the tools they need and that every patient has access to world class care.
The CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations are blessed by donors who understand this mission and participated in the Evening of Hope, so more patients can experience the best care possible in a compassionate environment.
This story originally appeared in our Spring 2021 print edition of Spirit of Health magazine.