Hospital receives $50,000 grant that funds free mammograms for underserved women
[September 06 2012] -
The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) was recently awarded a one-year $50,000 grant from Connecticut Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support its breast health awareness efforts and provide free mammograms for underserved women in area towns.
The grant, which funds the hospital's Comprehensive Breast Center's Early Detection Program, targets residents of New Britain, Newington, Wethersfield, Farmington and West Hartford. It will cover mammograms for 150 underserved, uninsured and underinsured women over age 40; and, when necessary, up to 40 breast ultrasounds.
"This grant allows us now to service this group of women who have not been able to get mammograms," says Donna Boehm, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., oncology program development manager. "With regular mammograms we are able to usually find cancers early and the earlier we find them the better the survival rate is."
Program funding also supports the position of an outreach coordinator; and HOCC's breast health awareness efforts to reach 10,000 women over age 40 via health fairs, and distribution of early detection brochures and mammogram reminder cards in English, Spanish and Polish.
Mammograms are provided at HOCC's New Britain General and Bradley Memorial campuses. To inquire about a free mammogram and program qualifications, please call 860-224-5900 X6321.
The Comprehensive Breast Center is one of 18 Certified Quality Breast centers in the United States and the only one in Connecticut recognized by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. through its National Quality Measures for Breast CentersTM Program. The hospital's program is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It includes two breast navigators and weekly breast conference meetings. Nurse navigators guide patients through the healthcare system from diagnosis through treatment. Among the program's educational initiatives are survivorship workshops and manuals for patients with breast cancer. For program information, please contact Nurse Navigator Bethany Carr, R.N., B.S.N., at 860-827-0525 option 4 or visit http://www.thocc.org/services/breast/nurse.aspx .