Health System Receives Grant from Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate for Fourth Year

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The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has awarded a $60,000 grant to Southeast Georgia Health System for the "Mammograms in Motion" project on March 25 during its Annual Grant Awards Luncheon. The Health System previously received grants for $40,000 in 2011, $45,000 in 2012, and $50,000 in 2013.

"Mammograms in Motion places special emphasis on reaching out to individuals in rural areas who have limited access to health care and health education by using our Wellness On Wheels (WOW), " says DelRia Baisden, vice president, Southeast Georgia Health System. We’re thrilled to receive the grant for the fourth year from the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen."

Led by the Health System, "Mammograms in Motion" is a collaboration with area physicians, community health centers and county health departments to provide breast health education and outreach, screening mammograms and diagnostic breast work-up services to uninsured and medically underserved individuals residing in Camden, Glynn, Long and McIntosh counties.

"Because of the availability of the grant funds, individuals who qualify for participation in the Mammograms in Motion program have no out of pocket costs for these services," adds Baisden. "Recipients who receive screening mammograms and need to return for follow-up care will receive diagnostic exams and possible biopsy services, all paid by the Grant."

Services vary per patient and advanced diagnostic studies and biopsies are provided based on the results of the patient’s screening mammogram Since inception in 2011, Mammograms In Motion has provided over 600 mammograms, physicians visits and biopsies to patients who otherwise would not have had access to care for a host of reasons including out of pocket costs, transportation and lack of access to care. .

"Our grants program allows us to reach rural, uninsured, and underinsured women and men in our communities to make sure their breast health needs are being met," says Beth Desloges, executive director of Komen Coastal Georgia. "We work to make sure that people are aware that the funds raised here, stay here to help our local women."

Grant funding is generated through Coastal Georgia Affiliate fundraising throughout the year, but the majority of the funding is generated by its signature event, the Savannah Race for the Cure®, which is scheduled for April 12, 2014.

For more information about the Southeast Georgia Health System Breast Care Center or the Mammograms in Motion grant, call 912-466-5234 or visit sghs.org and click on "Our Services." To learn when the WOW Mobile Health Vehicle will be in your area, please call 912-466-5164.