January 19, 2011

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Ambulance service provides free transportation to cancer patients

POUGHKEEPSIE – Trans Care Ambulance Service is taking cancer patients at no charge from their homes to the hospital for their first treatments.

The partnership between the company, Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie and the American Cancer Society began recently and it is aimed at taking some of the pressure off the newly diagnosed patients, said Trans Care Vice President Robert Stuck.

“We will do it as many times as they need it and then we will work with them to either find transportation; usually newly diagnosed and they have to get to their first treatment immediately so they don’t have time to arrange for things, so that’s where we step in,” he said. “If it’s somebody who is struggling to do it, which he have had one or two patients, we will continue to bring them. The goal here is to make sure they get their treatments until they get into a better situation.”

Trans Care provides service in Dutchess, Putnam and Orange counties and Stuck said their free cancer patient transportation extends to all three counties.


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