Cancer Patient & Family Services

In partnership with health care providers and educators, the Benedictine Health Foundation continually develops innovative, grass roots programs to improve the health and well-being of individuals who are vulnerable and under-served in Ulster County and the surrounding area. Our programs are offered in hospital, community, and school-based settings.

Financial Assistance Programs

Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund

The Foundation’s Rosemary D. Gruner Memorial Cancer Fund distributes upwards of $100,000 annually to eligible cancer patients while they are in treatment. Financial assistance is provided in the form of gift cards to purchase nutritious food at Hannaford Supermarkets and/or fuel at Stewart’s Shops to subsidize the cost of transportation. $500 per calendar year is available to each patient. Since its inception the Fund has distributed more than $750,000 to over 1750 cancer patients.

Learn More

Linda Young Ovarian Cancer Fund

The Linda Young Ovarian Cancer Fund provides financial assistance to eligible gynecologic cancer patients in the Hudson Valley region for expenses including housing, utilities, food, transportation, and unreimbursed medical bills. $500 per calendar year is available to each patient.

Learn More

Cancer Screening Programs and Educational Forums

The Benedictine Health Foundation supports programs in all aspects of patient care including prevention, screening, and detection. Programs are developed in partnership with the Cancer Committee at HealthAlliance Hospital and medical professionals in the Hudson Valley. A few of the programs currently being funded:

Breast Education and Breast Outreach Program (BEBOP) to connect with lower-income, uninsured minority and underserved women.

Breast Cancer Symposium / October 2017: This educational program in is the planning stages and will be directed toward medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists interested in the treatment of patients with breast cancer. Fellows, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, and other health care professionals interested in the treatment of breast cancer will be invited to attend. Further details will be posted in August.

To learn more about programs funded by the Benedictine Health Foundation, contact Barbara Klassen, Executive Director, at (845) 334-3186.

“Thank you to the Gruner Family and Benedictine Health Foundation for the support when I needed it during treatment two-and-a-half years ago.  Your contributions to individuals and the community are beyond measure.”
– Kristin Flynn, Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator of the Fashion Program at SUNY Ulster

Supporting the Benedictine Spirit of Compassionate Care