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

“Mammograms in Motion” project receiving grantMarch 26, 2015 – The Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen has awarded a $60,000 grant to Southeast Georgia Health Systemfor the “Mammograms in Motion” project on March 24, 2015, during its annual Grant Awards Luncheon.

“ ‘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 mobile health vehicle,” says DelRia Baisden, vice president, Southeast Georgia Health System. “We’re thrilled to receive the grant for the fifth consecutive 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 their additional diagnostic 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 more than 900 mammograms, physician 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.

“In the past four years, we have funded over 6,500 screening and diagnostic services for at-risk women and men in our service area,” says Caroline Keller, the Board President of the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. “Because of the dedication of our grantees, 108 breast cancers have been detected in women who otherwise may not have sought breast health care.”

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 18, 2015.

The Health System previously received grants for $40,000 in 2011, $45,000 in 2012, and $50,000 in 2013, and $60,000 in 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 Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile health vehicle will be in your area, please call 912-466-5164.

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