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Free Mammograms Offered to 200 Women Receiving Care in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties
Start Date
12/14/2010
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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System Receives $60K Grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to provide free mammograms and breast screenings


The Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has awarded a $60,305 grant to Saint Joseph Mercy Health System to fund mammograms and breast screenings for women receiving care in Washtenaw and Livingston counties.

At Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, the grant from Komen for the Cure will support the Breast Friends Forever = Life program, an initiative to provide up to 200 low-income, uninsured, or underinsured women aged 40-49 access to free mammograms and breast screenings. The program will raise awareness of the need for mammograms and will offer access to the program through four convenient locations.

“Receiving this grant underscores our commitment to women’s health, specifically breast health. We are thrilled because it allows us to reach women who may not have the insurance or coverage for these important screenings,” explains Andrea Barksdale, Manager of the Breast Care Center at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in the United States. However, if caught early enough breast cancer is highly treatable. Between enhanced screenings, clinical trials and advanced radiation therapy techniques, women have a solid opportunity to win their battle with cancer.

The key is early detection.

“It is imperative for women to know their bodies. They should conduct monthly breast exams, have yearly mammograms over the age of 40, and always talk to their doctor if they notice any changes,” explains Barksdale.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest breast cancer organization, and the Mid-Michigan Affiliate is one of 125 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational, and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.

"At the Komen Mid-Michigan Affiliate, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered the need for mammograms and breast screenings for women in Washtenaw and Livingston counties," said Barbara Wirtz, Grants Chair. "We are confident that through Breast Friends Forever = Life, women in these communities will have access to the critical screening tools they need to maintain good health. Early detection is the best protection against breast cancer.

For women to qualify for this program, they must be between the ages of 40-49, uninsured or underinsured and must receive their care at one of the following Saint Joseph Mercy Health System facilities located in Livingston or Washtenaw counties: St. Joseph Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Brighton, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston or St. Joseph Mercy Saline.

St. Joseph Mercy Nurse Navigators will facilitate women’s appointments and care from start to finish. For more information about the Breast Friends Forever = Life program, please call 734-712-2695 or visit stjoeshealth.org.

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About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving six counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, four urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to improving the health of its communities by reinvesting its profits back into the community through new technologies, vital health services, and access for all. The hospitals of SJMHS provide approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year. For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen Mid-Michigan Affiliate
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever, and in 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Mid-Michigan Affiliate is part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Through events like the Komen Mid-Michigan Race for the Cure, the Mid-Michigan Affiliate has invested nearly $ 2.5 million in community breast health programs in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Washtenaw, and Shiawassee counties since 2001, and, in addition, more than $1 million for national research. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in the Mid-Michigan area. The remaining 25 percent funds national breast cancer research. For more information, call 517-886-4901 or visit www.komenmidmichigan.org.

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