Komen Charlotte awards grant to Iredell Health System

Posted at 6:32 AM on Jun 20, 2017

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PHOTO: From left, Iredell Health System Mammography Supervisor Lois Beckett, Radiologic Technologist Danielle Moody and Radiology Supervisor Tim Jones stand with equipment used to perform diagnostic mammograms covered in the grant.

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Susan G. Komen Charlotte has awarded an $11,568 grant to Iredell Health System (IHS) to help cover the costs of important breast cancer testing for the community.

The grant will pay for diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds for as many as 65 individuals who may otherwise not be able to afford those services. The screenings are typically needed if a physician requires more information after an initial mammogram, but many may delay those tests because of financial concerns, which could ultimately reduce their chances of survival if diagnosed with breast cancer.

“Breast cancer doesn’t wait for the right time to develop or strike only the people who can afford the medical expense,” said IHS Mammography Supervisor Lois Beckett. “No one should put off a breast diagnostic procedure for financial reasons. As a non-profit, community-owned hospital, this grant will help us to continue to meet the needs of our patients and ensure their access to care.”

Iredell Health System has a long-standing commitment to making sure all who need breast imaging services can receive those services, regardless of their financial situation. This grant provides a needed tool to continue this commitment. IHS will work in partnership with the Chestnut Grove Community Center in Statesville, Statesville Family Medicine, and the Iredell County Health Department to identify individuals in need of assistance.

Komen Charlotte is one of more than 80 local affiliates of the world’s largest breast cancer organization, working in communities across the U.S. to meet the most critical needs. To help achieve Komen’s goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S.by 2026, Komen affiliates fund innovative breast health projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance.

“We conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered Iredell County has a late- stage incidence rate higher than the Komen Charlotte service area as a whole,” said Sarah Bailey, director of Community Health for Komen Charlotte. “We are confident that through Iredell Health System’s breast health assistance program, uninsured and under-insured women will have access to the critical diagnostic services they need.”

About Iredell Health System

Iredell Health System includes Iredell Memorial Hospital; Iredell Home Health; Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center; Community and Corporate Wellness; Occupational Medicine; and the Iredell Physician Network. Iredell Memorial Hospital is the largest and only non-profit hospital in Iredell County. The comprehensive healthcare facility has 247-beds; more than 1,500 employees; and has 260 physicians representing various specialties. Centers of excellence include Women’s and Children’s; Cardiovascular; Cancer; Surgical Services and Wellness & Prevention. Iredell Memorial was also recently named as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Hips and Knees, as well as Maternity Care, by Blue Cross Blue Shield. The mission of Iredell Health System is to inspire wellbeing. For a comprehensive list of services and programs, visit www.iredellhealth.org

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Charlotte

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Charlotte is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Charlotte Race for the Cure®, Komen Charlotte has invested more than $16 million in community breast health programs in 13 counties and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 704-347-8181 or visit komencharlotte.org.

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