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Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Program Encourages Routine Screenings During COVID-19, Provides Resources

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 4, 2021) – During a time when many people have put off routine preventive health screenings due to COVID-19, the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s newest cancer program, Yes, Cerv!, is here to help. Aiming to enable earlier cervical cancer diagnoses among medically underserved individuals, the program offers cervical cancer screenings and treatment at no cost to eligible patients across the hospitals, physician practices and clinics, and clinically integrated network of providers within CHI Saint Joseph Health.

“The goal of this program is to prevent cervical cancer through the promotion of Pap tests and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations, and to also provide patients with cervical cancer screenings, early-stage diagnoses and oncological pelvic treatment,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “The launch of this program couldn’t have happened at a better time, and will ultimately help save lives through preventive cervical cancer screenings, which is something we are very proud of.”

In late 2020, Yes, Cerv! launched through CHI Saint Joseph Health Partners, a clinically integrated network of more than 700 providers across Kentucky. Funding for the program was provided by the Kentucky Women's Cancer Screening Program (KWCSP), through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP).

For more information about CHI Saint Joseph Health cervical cancer screening locations or to schedule an appointment, call 844.940.HOPE (4673) or visit

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation supports CHI Saint Joseph Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.


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Tuesday, May 04, 2021

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