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The Closer to Free Ride family has been built over the past 11 years focused on one major message:  We’re here for each other.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the leadership and staff of Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center deliver a familiar message to cancer patients and their families:  We’re still here for you. And we will do whatever it takes to help you through this crisis.

Below is information regarding the amazing work being done by our teams at Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale New Haven Health during the pandemic.


As we continue to face unprecedented times, the patients, their families, and caregivers of Smilow Cancer Hospital remain our top priority. 

The Smilow team has taken several precautionary steps to ensure the health and safety of our patients and their families during their appointments and while receiving treatment. Every patient who enters a Smilow Cancer Hospital facility wears a mask and is triple screened for symptoms of COVID-19, and physicians and caregivers wear protective masks and are screened twice daily. In addition, Smilow has expanded hours of operations to increase social distancing and implemented universal precautions to ensure cleanliness and safety while in all of their facilities. 

Smilow Cancer Hospital has instituted modified procedures to maintain the highest levels of protection for all patients, during any stage of treatment or personalized care plan. These procedures include dedicated clinical pathways to care for all patients, including enhanced measures in all surgical services as well as infusion and radiation oncology facilities. For patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment, all infusion spaces and treatment machines are carefully cleaned and rigorously managed to ensure both patient safety and comfort. 

The Smilow physicians and caregivers are also accessible to patients virtually through Telehealth video visits and phone calls for follow-up and monitoring appointments, social work consults, virtual support groups, integrative medicine opportunities, and other online resources.

Learn more about Smilow's commitment to providing patients compassionate, state-of-the-art, and expert care in a safe and protected environment.