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
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,
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.