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October 27, 2020
Harrington HealthCare System Named Center of Excellence for Lung Cancer Screening

Joins More Than 680 Screening Centers across the Country Following Best Practices Outlined by GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA – Harrington HealthCare System has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer for its ongoing commitment to responsible lung cancer screening. Low dose CT screening for lung cancer carried out safely, efficiently and equitably can save tens of thousands of lives a year by finding lung cancer early when it is most treatable and even curable.

“We are proud and honored to be working with Harrington HealthCare System as a GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Screening Center of Excellence. Their commitment to practice responsible lung cancer screening will lead to advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow,” says GO2 Foundation Co-Founder, President and CEO, Laurie Fenton Ambrose.

Designated Screening Centers of Excellence are committed to providing clear information on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening based on current evidence and to comply with comprehensive standards reflecting best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology (ACR), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP). Through established guidelines for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting, Screening Centers of Excellence are ensuring that lung cancer screening’s life-saving benefit transforms lung cancer care in their local community.

“Harrington HealthCare System is dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality care. Low dose CT screening has shown to be the only proven method to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices across the country,” says Jean Comeau, RN, Nurse Navigator Lung Screening Program.

Since the program’s inception, Harrington HealthCare has performed over 5,000 lung cancer screenings. Its comprehensive lung cancer screening program brings the patient together with his or her physician and radiologists from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for the screening. If an abnormality is found, the program engages oncologists and pulmonologists to help in the diagnosis and, if necessary, collaborate on an individualized plan of care.

To learn more about Harrington’s Lung Screening Program please visit: harringtonhospital.org/lungcancerscreening

About GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer:

Founded by patients and survivors, GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer transforms survivorship as the world’s leading organization dedicated to saving, extending, and improving the lives of those vulnerable, at risk, and diagnosed with lung cancer. GO2 Foundation works to change the reality of living with lung cancer by ending stigma, increasing public and private research funding, and ensuring access to care.

About Harrington HealthCare System:

Harrington HealthCare System is a comprehensive regional healthcare system serving more than 25 communities across south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The system includes Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Harrington HealthCare at Webster and three additional major medical office buildings: Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, Harrington HealthCare at 169, also in Charlton, and Harrington HealthCare at Spencer; Harrington Physician Services, our primary care and multi-specialty physician group; UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Charlton and Oxford; The Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge, and the region’s largest Behavioral Health programs for mental health and substance use.

www.harringtonhospital.org