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The Assistance Fund Appoints University of Chicago Medicine VP of Cancer Services Ellen Feinstein to its Board of Directors


The Assistance Fund, an independent charitable patient assistance
foundation that helps patients and families facing high medical
out-of-pocket costs, today announced that Ellen Feinstein, RD, MHA,
FACHE, Vice President for Cancer Services at the University of Chicago
Medicine, has joined its board of directors.

"We are excited to welcome Ellen to our board," said Mark P. McGreevy,
President and CEO of The Assistance Fund. "As VP of a leading cancer
program, Ellen has first-hand insight into the unique experiences of
cancer patients and the ways in which new therapies are transforming
cancer care. She's also very familiar with the systems contributing to
high out-of-pocket medical costs and the need to help patients afford
their medications and care."

Feinstein has worked in various facets of the healthcare system,
including managing surgical services, building new ambulatory facilities
and expanding and building clinical service lines. In her current role
as vice president for cancer services at the University of Chicago
Medicine she is responsible for growth, strategy network development and
operations for one of Illinois' two National Cancer Institute-designated
comprehensive cancer centers. Previously, she was the senior director
for pediatric oncology, organ transplant and orthopedics at The
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

"I am thrilled to join The Assistance Fund's Board of Directors, as I
believe strongly in their mission," said Feinstein. "One of the biggest
challenges we have in cancer care is balancing the promise of new
treatments with the financial impact of those treatments on patients.
Organizations like TAF provide an important safety net for these
patients. I look forward to contributing to TAF's efforts to continue to
grow and innovate to provide the most efficient, reliable and impactful
services possible to as many people as possible."

Feinstein is a Registered Dietitian and a Fellow in the American College
of Healthcare Executives. She has a bachelor's degree in nutrition from
The Pennsylvania State University, and a master's degree in health
administration from Saint Joseph's University (Philadelphia). She
completed her dietetic internship at Ingalls Memorial Hospital (Harvey,
IL) and an administrative residency at Thomas Jefferson University
Hospital (Philadelphia).

About The Assistance Fund

The Assistance Fund is an independent charitable patient assistance
foundation that helps patients and families facing high medical
out-of-pocket costs by providing financial assistance for their
copayments, coinsurance, deductibles and other health-related expenses.
The Assistance Fund currently manages more than 40 funds – each of which
covers the FDA-approved medications that treat a specific disease. Since
its founding in 2009, The Assistance Fund has helped more than 73,000
adults and children access the medicines they need to stay healthy or
manage a chronic condition. To learn more about The Assistance Fund, or
for information on how to donate, please visit

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