The experience of cancer challenges a person in every conceivable way -- emotional and physical stamina, financial and employment security, relationships, and self image. Through the comprehensive services of New Outlook -- The Cancer Recovery Program at CHI St. Vincent provides assistance in dealing with the effects of the disease and its treatment.
Staffed by trained professionals and volunteers, New Outlook offers the following services:
- Wigs and head scarves
- "You Look Marvelous" Makeover Classes
- Support groups for cancer survivors and their families
- Information and referral services
- Navigation to supportive services
- Private professional counseling
Support groups meet at CHI St. Vincent Sherwood Rehabilitation Hospital on the third Monday of the month, Noon-1 pm, in the Administration Conference Room.
Most of the services of New Outlook are free. Some services are available by appointment only. All services are confidential and have been designed by a team of oncology professionals and women whose lives have been touched by cancer.
Patsy Wallace, BSN RN CURN
“I am an employee of CHI St. Vincent and experienced a life changing event when I was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. New Outlook was one of the first resources I sought out. I needed the education and support from the center. Alesa Garner was instrumental in providing peace and comfort during this most difficult time. New Outlook provided hair services from shaving my head to providing my wigs. This center was also a resource for my mother (Patricia Morgan) who was diagnosed with cancer at the same time; we both sought out education information and hair services! My mother and I are so grateful for the services New Outlook provided!”
“I was 35 years-old when I heard the words “You have ovarian cancer.” Uneducated on the disease, and looking for support, my path crossed with New Outlook's and thankfully with Alesa Garner. Having a place to go, someone to talk to and knowing you aren't alone is vital to a cancer patient. New Outlook provided me with many resources. I was given a wig of my choice, sleeping caps, books for my children, participated in the ‘Look Good Feel Good’ program, attended a Mindfulness Seminar and, most importantly, gained a support structure I still lean on today. New Outlook is not focused on one specific cancer. Alesa is knowledgeable on numerous cancers, especially on the ones you don't hear about much. What a tremendous asset she and the program are to our state. Not only do I rely on the program personally, I regularly refer people on a professional basis. I firmly believe if you have a cancer diagnosis, whether you are in treatment, remission or another stage, New Outlook should be integrated into your plan of care.”
“My hero was Freda Heard who championed New Outlook and what it does for people recovering from cancer. New Outlook pioneered giving people a new outlook as they recover from the effects of cancer. It is a tremendous ministry and is the only one of its kind in Arkansas to help women and men cope with the psychological and physical effects of cancer. People diagnosed with cancer are dealing with enough challenges. Through New Outlook, they have free access--regardless of where they are receiving treatment--to wigs, breast prostheses, mastectomy bras, head caps, emotional support, etc. New Outlook is a blessing to Arkansans.”
Coco Scruggs Dorsey
“When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at the young age of 33, I was devastated. At the suggestion of one of my chemotherapy nurses, I set up an appointment with Alesa Garner at New Outlook. I instantly felt at peace upon my arrival at the center. Alesa was not only helpful and encouraging, but she was also compassionate and forthcoming about the effects of my different cancer treatments. She provided me with sleep caps, hats of all sorts, a wig, workshops, and some psychotherapy too! I feel confident today that I would not have survived cancer as well as I have without the support, efforts, and friendship of Alesa. She truly is my angel here on earth. Not a day has gone by (since January 8, 2007) that I haven't thanked God for my dear friend.”
Alesa Garner, BSMT ASCP CN-BC, New Outlook Coordinator
“How do you put into words the impact that New Outlook has had in every county of our state for 20 years! I have the honor and privilege of seeing the smiles and the tears of survivors and their caregivers when New Outlook provides a small glimmer of hope in the midst of a traumatic cancer diagnosis. New Outlook truly embodies the ministry and mission of our organization in addressing the needs of body, mind, and spirit.”