For Patients

The Saint Agatha Foundation provides financial support to breast cancer patients in Onondaga, Cortland, Cayuga, Madison, Oneida, and Oswego Counties in Central New York. If you are in the Central New York area and require financial assistance to cover a range of treatment and recovery-related costs, call the Saint Agatha Foundation at
(888) 878-7900.

Partner Hospitals and Healthcare Providers

The following are partners with the Saint Agatha Foundation and can assist you in receiving financial assistance for the care you need. The organization will determine each patient’s need.

1. Auburn Community Hospital

Auburn Community Hospital 17 Lansing Street Auburn, New York 13021

Contact: Bridgette Dautrich T: 315.255.7350

Auburn Community Hospital (ACH) provides care for patients in Cayuga County and surrounding communities. The goal of ACH’s “We Care” program, which is funded by the Saint Agatha Foundation, is to reduce the financial stress for breast patients.

2. Bassett Medical Center

Bassett Healthcare Network 1 Atwell Road Cooperstown, NY 13326

Contact: Kathy Smith, LMSW or Melinda Anderson, LMSW T: 607-547-4963 or 607-431-5475

Bassett Healthcare Network through Saint Agatha Foundation support, provides care to breast cancer patients with such costs as copays, physical therapy costs, post-surgical camisoles and bras, lymphedema sleeves and wigs.

3. Chenango Health Network

Chenango Health Network 24 Conkey Avenue Norwich, NY 13815

Contact: 607.337.4128 or

Chenango Health Network is a rural health network whose objectives are to increase access to health and wellness information and to health care services. Saint Agatha Foundation support to Chenango Health Network provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients, particularly the uninsured and underinsured.

4. Cortland Memorial Foundation

Cortland Regional Medical Center 134 Homer Avenue Cortland, NY 13015

Contact: Carey Wilk, RN, Cancer Nurse Navigator T: 607.351.5968

Cortland Memorial Foundation administers the “Hope Now” breast cancer program that provides financial assistance funded by the Saint Agatha Foundation. This program assists with expenses such as treatments, procedures or testing, medical office co-payments, lymphedema supplies, prostheses, and camisoles and bras. The Breast Cancer Care Program at Cortland Regional Medical Center (CRMC) offers coordinated, compassionate care to proactively manage a patient’s diagnosis and treatment program. CRMC provides a comprehensive range of services that includes prevention/screening including digital mammography and stereotactic biopsy, surgical care, infusion therapy, and post-operative recovery including physical rehabilitation. The Confident Woman Boutique is a local source for post-mastectomy products and lymphedema supplies.

5. Crouse Hospital

Crouse Hospital 736 Irving Avenue Syracuse, New York 13210

Contact: Kris Waelder T: 315.470.7015

Breast cancer care at Crouse Hospital focuses on treatment of the whole person, including a multi-disciplinary team approach combined with patient-centered care. The Crouse team provides a comprehensive range of services that include chemotherapy for inpatients and outpatients, infusion therapy, and surgical care. Crouse also provides complementary therapies including Reiki, therapeutic massage, and pet therapy. The Breast Health Center at Crouse Hospital is the first Syracuse Facility to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

6. Mohawk Valley Health System

Mohawk Valley Health System 1676 Sunset Avenue Utica, New York 13502

Contact: Holly Burline, RN, Breast Care Coordinator CBPN-IC T: 315.624.5764

The Breast Care Center offers patients understandable, practical advice about being newly diagnosed with breast cancer. The Center provides educational programs on breast health throughout the year and individual consultations that include information for post-operative care and therapy. The Center also carries post-mastectomy products in the private setting of the Perfect Fit Boutique.

7. Oneida Healthcare

Oneida Healthcare 321 Genesee Street Oneida, NY 13421

Contact: Julie Billings T: 315.361.2169

Oneida Healthcare (OHC)‘s financial support program, called “Laurie’s Legacy,” is funded by the Saint Agatha Foundation. Financial aid is available to anyone with a diagnosis of breast cancer who is struggling to make ends meet. The program provides funding for individuals who reside within OHC’s cachement area, not just individuals who are seen by OHC. The hospital provides mammography, stereotactic breast biopsies, and surgical oncology. Chemotherapy and radiotherapy services are also provided on-campus.

8. Oswego Hospital

Oswego Hospital 110 West Sixth Street Oswego, New York 13126

Contact: Brenda LaMay, MS FNP, Program Coordinator T: 315.349.5513 E:

Oswego Hospital, with funding from the Saint Agatha Foundation, supports, educates, and guides patients and their family members through the complex journey of a breast cancer diagnosis. Caring, trained professional staff members will assess, develop, and implement individualized care plans that best fit the needs of each patient. In addition, Oswego Health facilitates two breast cancer support meetings every month.

9. Rome Memorial Hospital

Rome Memorial Hospital 1500 North James Street Rome, NY 13440

Contact: Christine Coonrod T: 315.337.7174

Rome Memorial Hospital provides quality healthcare with compassion. The hospital’s Women’s Imaging Center is proud to have been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. Saint Agatha Foundation grant funding provides support for a financial assistance program for breast cancer patients who cannot afford the direct and indirect costs associated with their disease

10. St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center 301 Prospect Avenue Syracuse, New York 13203

Contact: Vincent Kuss, VP for Development, 315.703.2189 or

Through St. Joseph’s Breast Cancer Pathway Program, nurses and social workers provide weekly sessions for women undergoing diagnostic or treatment services, addressing what to expect at each step, types of support needed after procedures, financial implications of treatment, and how patients may feel. Other services include support groups for minority women, breast cancer education, and telephone support for breast cancer patients. St. Joseph’s also offers L.E.A.P. from Stage Zero, a treatment plan to reduce, delay and prevent progression of lymphedema following treatment, the only program of its kind in Central New York.

11. Upstate Medical University

Upstate Medical University: Upstate Cancer Center 750 East Adams Street Syracuse, NY 13210

Contact: Breast Care Nurse NavigatorT: 315.464.3510

Upstate Cancer Center offers the most advanced outpatient treatment, clinical trials, and support services in one convenient location. Its multidisciplinary Breast Cancer Program is designed not only to reast disease but also to make the decision and treatment process more responsive to the patients’ anxienties, pressures, and preferences. Support services include: financial, nutrition, genetic and emotional counseling; integrative therapy, spiritual care; physical and rehabilitation therapy, as well as a support group and survivorship program. Upstate was the first multidisciplinary breast program in Central New York, and the first program in our region accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. Upstate’s cancer program is further accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

Other Resources

The following organizations also provide support, education and other services to breast cancer patients, their families and caregivers in the Central New York area.

12. Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem National PO Box 1113 Lafayette, CA 94549

Contact: Abby O’Leary, Manager Programs and Operations T: 925.270.9633

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. The Syracuse area camp is held through Syracuse University.

13. CancerConnects

Cancer Connects 5008 Brittonfield Parkway Suite 800 East Syracuse, NY 13057

Contact: Emily Doucet, Program Manager T: 315.634.5004

CancerConnects provides free programs and services to facilitate the cancer journey for adult patients throughout Central New York. We empower cancer patients and survivors via connections to community resources, support and guidance.. Saint Agatha Foundation funding provides medical and non-medical financial assistance to those battling breast cancer.

14. Francis House

Francis House 108 Michaels Avenue Syracuse, NY 13208

Contact: Beth Lynn Hoey, Director of Development T: 315.475.5422

Francis House provides a home and a supportive extended family to people with terminal illnesses with a prognosis of six months or less to live. Saint Agatha Foundation funding provides support for those with breast cancer.

15. Sarah’s Guest House

Sarah’s Guest House 100 Roberts Avenue Syracuse, NY 13207

Contact: David Haas T: 315.475.1747

Sarah’s Guest House provides lodging, transportation, meals and comfort to patients and families of patients receiving medical care in Central New York.

16. Spanish Action League (La Liga)

Spanish Action League 700 Oswego Street Syracuse, NY 13204

Contact: T: 315.475.6153

The Spanish Action League seeks to build on the rich cultural heritage of the Latino community by advancing its independence and growth through advocacy, counseling and education. Departments and programs such as Careers, Housing, Domestic Violence, Family Support, Youth, Radio, and Language provide opportunities, economic development and education to the community.

17. Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Central New York Affiliate

Susan G. Komen Central New York 5008 Brittonfield Parkway Suite 300 East Syracuse, New York, 13057

Contact: T: 315-472-6162

18. YMCA of Greater Syracuse

YMCA of Greater Syracuse 340 Montgomery Street Syracuse, NY 13202

Contact: T: 315.474.6851

Laurie’s Hope is a support program that the YMCA of Greater Syracuse provides to breast cancer survivors, helping them thrive in maintaining physical, mental, and emotional wellness..