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Access to Care

As Charleston’s only private, not-for-profit hospital system, Roper St. Francis Healthcare relies on the Foundation to raise funds to enrich the wellness of our community. One of our main areas of focus is providing access to care for all people. We rely on community support in order to fund life-saving programs and initiatives such as free cancer screenings, patient financial assistance and the Greer Transitions Clinic.


Cancer Screenings

The Need
Despite continuous advancements in the detection and treatment of cancer, it is increasingly common and remains the second leading cause of disease-related death among American adults. Too many of our family members and friends are suffering from the effects of cancer. Each year in South Carolina, more than 26,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed and more than 9,600 men and women succumb to the disease. Last year, in our tri-county area alone, three people lost their battle against cancer – every day.

Creating More Tomorrows
With ongoing clinical research, promising new technologies, determined cancer specialists and visionary leaders, Roper St. Francis Healthcare is uniquely positioned to help more patients and families live the life they envision – a life with more tomorrows. Through philanthropy, we will advance the cancer care experience by providing patients with even greater access to cancer specialists, treatments, clinical trials and support services. Whether patients are newly diagnosed, currently fighting or learning to live beyond cancer, donors who generously invest in the Creating More Tomorrows campaign will have a tremendous impact on the cancer journey.

Removing Barriers to Care Through Cancer Screenings
Cancer screening is essential to prevention and early detection of cancer. Approximately 45 percent of cancer deaths in the U.S. are attributed to potentially modifiable risk factors and cancer screening tests, according to the American Cancer Society. Unfortunately, access to cancer screenings is limited for our neighbors who are under or uninsured. Through philanthropy, Roper St. Francis provided 253 free screenings in 2019 – finding one incidence of breast cancer that would have likely otherwise gone undetected. Through philanthropy, we will continue to save lives through skin, breast, and colorectal screenings to our underserved community.

Learn more about Cancer Screenings

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Greer Transitions Clinic

The Need
Roper St. Francis Healthcare has made tremendous strides in recent years connecting patients with nonemergent needs to the exact healthcare they need while steering them away from the emergency room. Hundreds of patients visit our emergency rooms for care when they only need routine, preventive healthcare that is best managed in a primary care setting. Some have chronic conditions such as diabetes, stomach ulcers and depression, while others seek routine OB/GYN care.

Addressing the Need
The Greer Transitions Clinic closes this gap for unfunded and/or underfunded patients who do not have a medical home. The clinic is helping improve care coordination as a one-stop shop where patients can visit board certified physicians, learn preventive care and health literacy, connect with social services and find a primary medical home at the appropriate time. In 2015, the clinic initially opened for three days a week and took care of approximately 100 patients . Within six months, the clinic expanded to five days per week. And by the time the clinic celebrated its first full year in existence, they had helped to reduce ER visits by 1,500, decrease inpatient admissions by nearly 200 and save the healthcare system $3.5 million in avoidable costs. In 2017, The Greer Transitions Clinic opened its doors to the community at a new home on Rivers Avenue. The clinic continues to expand and make a dramatic impact meeting the medical needs and addressing the social determinants of health and wellness for approximately 2,000 patients a year through the following services:

  • Behavioral health
  • Post-acute medical care
  • OB/GYN services
  • Counseling
  • Community paramedicine
  • Tele-psych mental health services
  • Food and clothing
  • Primary care
  • Preventive care
  • Social workers
  • AccessHealth Navigation Series
  • Community health advocates
  • Transportation
  • Medical supplies and toiletries

Changing Moments through Giving to the Greer Transitions Clinic
Please consider investing in one of our many vital donor-funded annual needs.

  • Community health advocates
  • Counselor
  • Transportation fund assistance
  • Medication fund
  • Success Closet
  • Washer and dryer
  • Food pantry
  • Farmers market
  • On-site lab

Donate to The Greer Transitions Clinic


Patient Assistance

The Need
Despite continuous advancements in detection and treatment, cancer is increasingly common and remains the second leading cause of disease-related death among American adults. Too many of our family members and friends are suffering from the effects of cancer. Each year in South Carolina, more than 26,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed and more than 9,600 men and women die from the disease. Last year, in our tri-county area alone, three people lost their battle against cancer – every day.

Creating More Tomorrows
With ongoing clinical research, promising new technologies, determined cancer specialists and visionary leaders, Roper St. Francis Healthcare is uniquely positioned to help more patients and families live the life they envision – a life with more tomorrows. Through philanthropy, we will provide patients with even greater access to cancer specialists, treatments, clinical trials and support services. Whether patients are newly diagnosed, currently fighting or learning to live beyond cancer, donors who invest in the Creating More Tomorrows campaign will have a tremendous impact on the patient’s cancer journey.

Removing Barriers to Care Through Patient Assistance
Patient Assistance allows us to alleviate the financial burden that comes with cancer treatment. Through philanthropy, we can assist patients in need by covering the costs of transportation, a mortgage or rent, wigs and more. This allows the patient to focus solely on treatment and not be faced with the choice of continuing treatment or meeting basic needs.

Donate to Patient Assistance

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