June 2015 SMHF Breast Health Center Grant
Sarasota Memorial’s Breast Health Grant Support Program was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation. This funding will enable SMH’s Breast Health Grant Support Program to continue providing qualifying residents of Sarasota County the breast health screening and diagnostic services they need but cannot afford.
With this grant, Sarasota Memorial’s Breast Health Grant Support Program will be able to provide an estimated 665 mammograms (screening and diagnostic), 330 breast ultrasounds, and approximately 30 breast biopsies free-of-charge to qualifying Sarasota County residents. For the low-income, working mother who discovers a breast lump but lacks health insurance, or the retired senior who gets by on social security but cannot afford health insurance, SMH’s Breast Health Grant Support Program provides access to the breast health screening and diagnostics they need but could not otherwise obtain.
Unlike other free mammogram programs, SMH’s Breast Health Grant Support Program ensures that all qualifying individuals receive access to the full continuum of breast health care, including follow-up diagnostic tests such as diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds and breast biopsies. Through SMH’s Breast Health Grant Support Program, any grant recipient diagnosed with breast cancer will be assisted in obtaining Medicaid through the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, and timely access to the medical surgery, treatment and care she needs.
1 Foundation Grant per Year =
224 breast ultrasounds
22 minimally-invasive breast biopsies
8 breast cancers were detected among grant recipients age 49 and under
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