Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month, Mercy Health Foundation of Northwest Arkansas is pleased to announce the installation of a new stereotactic breast biopsy machine at Mercy Health Center in Rogers. Funding for the new equipment came from the 2009 “O Night Divine” Charity Ball. The annual event is Mercy of Northwest Arkansas’ largest fundraiser.
The stereotactic breast biopsy is a procedure which allows for a biopsy to be accomplished in just about an hour from patient arrival to departure. This minimally invasive biopsy procedure causes little discomfort for most patients. The machine uses digital imaging to locate the tumor then allows a small needle to collect a sample. This new machine offers state-of-the-art imaging. It will allow many more patients to be able to take advantage of the minimally invasive surgery versus having to go to the operating room and be put under general anesthesia, have a larger incision and a more lengthy recovery.
“I had a chance to use the new stereo table for the first time last week. It is a huge advance in technology”, Dr. Donna Johnson, Mercy surgeon, “Having it will allow me to biopsy women using stereo technique that I would never have attempted in the past.”
Stereotactic breast biopsy means less anxiety for the patient and results are available in the same time frame as a surgical biopsy result.
Money for the new equipment was raised through the “Dickey Ray Club”. Each year, Arvest Vice-President Dick Trammel asks guests to participate in the club, an effort to raise a set amount of money in a set period of time to be used for a very specific project. Last year, Dickey Ray’s goal was to raise the money for this stereotactic breast biopsy equipment to use at the Mercy Breast Center. The equipment cost was $150,000. Before the 15-minute countdown to the fundraiser began, General Mills announced a donation of $75,000 toward the total, which was followed by the Walmart Foundation’s announcement of a $25,000 gift toward the total. That left $50,000 for Trammel to raise, and by the end of the time period he brought in $52,000 – the largest Dickey Ray Club total in the history of the event.
“We cannot thank General Mills, the Walmart Foundation, Dick Trammel and the 1,000 participants of the 2009 Charity Ball enough for their support,” said Clark Ellison, Vice President of Philanthropy Services. “We are very blessed to be supported by our community – our patients are the true beneficiaries.”
Present at the dedication were Dick Trammel, Karen Parker of the Walmart Foundation, Scott Tassani of General Mills, Scott Street, CEO of Mercy Health of Northwest Arkansas and Clark Ellison of Mercy Foundation of Northwest Arkansas.
This year’s “O Night Divine” Charity Ball is set for Saturday, December 4, 2010 at the John Q. Hammons Convention Center. Headline entertainment will be provided by RCA recording artist Chris Young. To purchase tickets, call the Mercy foundation office at 479.338.2934.