Laredo Medical Center
CDRP grant was relinguished on April 27, 2007.
Laredo Medical Center
Sanchez Cancer Center
1700 E. Saunders Street
P.O. Box 2068
Laredo, TX 78044-2068
Principal Investigator: Dr. Yadvindera Bains
Laredo Medical Center, formerly known as Mercy Health Center,
was a non-profit institution established by the Sisters of Mercy, a group
of Catholic nuns. Mercy Health Center was sold to Community Health
Systems (CHS) in 2003. CHS is based in Brentwood, Tennessee and is
the leading operator of general acute care hospitals in non-urban
markets throughout the United States. CHS owns 72 hospitals located
in 22 states across the country. The present facility was completed
in September 1999. It is a JCAHO (The Joint Commission on Accreditation
of Health Care Organizations) accredited 325-bed acute care facility
serving the community of Laredo, Texas.
A.R. Sanchez Sr. & Iris Sanchez Stewart Cancer Center
Laredo Medical Center's A.R. Sanchez & Iris Stewart Cancer Center is a
state of the art facility that opened in November 1999. The cancer center
includes facilities for medical and radiation oncology. The radiation therapy
department has a 21EX linear accelerator equipped with a MLC and an AcQsim
simulator. Brachytherapy services are also provided at the center.
Laredo Medical Center serves a community that is 95% Hispanic
with more than 35% of its residents living in poverty. Laredo
has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation with one
in every three families living at or below the poverty level.
Laredo Medical Center also serves 40 - 60 colonias (unincorporated
areas with substantial substandard housing). The conditions in the
colonias are comparable to poverty found in many third world countries.
Most of the colonias are without running water, electricity and telephone service.
Cancer Disparities Research Partnership Program Project Summary
Project Title: Evaluating Cancer Disparities Among Hispanic Communities.
Healthcare institutions providing cancer services to a disproportionate
number of medically underserved, low income and/or minority populations,
whether urban or rural, are often not linked effectively to national
cancer research protocols. This application seeks funding to support
the planning, development and implementation of radiation oncology clinical
research trials in the predominately Hispanic population of Laredo, Texas.
Despite recent advances in cancer care and therapies there is a disproportionate
burden borne by this minority population in South Texas. Laredo has a population
of 176,576. Ninety-five percent of those residents are Hispanic. It is geographically
isolated with no other U.S. cities within a 140-mile radius. The Sanchez
Cancer Center, housed at Laredo Medical Center, is a state of the art cancer
center with both medical and radiation oncology facilities. Since its doors
opened in November 1999, 475 patients have been treated with radiation therapy.
Ninety-four percent of these patients were Hispanic. The potential partner
institutions selected for collaboration with the applicant institution, are
University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and its
Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
(MDACC) in Houston, Texas. MHC has a long history of collaboration and
partnership with the CTRC, a NCI designated comprehensive Cancer Center comprised
of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and the San
Antonio Cancer Institute in San Antonio, Texas. MDACC is also a NCI recognized
Comprehensive Cancer Center. The strength of this proposal is that it unites
the oncology research experience of the partner institutions with access provided
to the Hispanic cancer patient population through MHC. The Sanchez Cancer Center is
well equipped and staffed to carryout any collaborative clinical trials generated
through this grant. Tele-conference will be used extensively to facilitate
collaboration. This study will meet the requirements for planning, development,
and implementation of clinical trials in an area with vast need for this type
of research. This proposal will yield invaluable data and information on cancer
outcomes and treatment strategies to improve cancer morbidity and mortality
outcomes in Hispanic populations.
Laredo Medical Center's Patient Navigator Program
Programmatic Goals :
Diminish cancer morbidity and mortality in our Hispanic population
by providing services at all lengths along the cancer continuum.
The program will assist patients in coping with all aspects of a
Patient Navigator Responsibilities:
- Augment local, regional and national support networks;
- Help patients navigate through the health care maze after cancer diagnosis;
- Promotion of clinical trials and assisting with their implementation;
- Organization of a comprehensive cancer screening program; and
- Community education through the "Promotoras" program.
See also: Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, South Dakota
Details of Laredo Medical Center's Patient Navigator Program were taken from the
Patient Navigator Plan entitled the "NCI Patient Navigator Program" submitted to the Radiation
Research Program by Dr. Yadvindera Bains. (January 30, 2003)