Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC) presented a $10,000 donation to the St. Joseph’s Mercy Women’s Center in Hot Springs as part of its Pepsi PINK Initiative at a ceremony on Monday in Hot Springs, AR.
St. Joseph’s Mercy was one of only 10 facilities nationwide to receive the donation through the Pepsi Refresh Project. It comes as the Mercy Women’s Center participates in Women’s Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We are so thrilled to have this,” said Marsha Oliver, operations manager of the Mercy Women’s Center. “Early detection is the one thing that helps as far as care and treatment. Those individuals who receive early detection usually have a better survival rate.”
Pepsi Beverages Company, the North American beverage business unit of PepsiCo, is giving a total of $100,000 ($10,000 each) to ten breast cancer research units. Point of sale signage featuring Pepsi’s “Giving Hope” slogan and the St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center logo has been on display at stores throughout Arkansas during September and October.
“We are very proud to be a partner with St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center and excited that we can assist their efforts to assist citizens about the importance of mammograms through the Pepsi PINK Initiative,” said Ron Martens, location sales manager for Pepsi Beverages Company in Hot Springs. “This grant is just one of many examples of how the project has helped local communities in the state of Arkansas and around the country.”
St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center boasts the 20,000-square-foot Women’s Center of Excellence, the first in South Central Arkansas to offer the revolutionary imaging technology of the Selenia digital mammography system. It includes six obstetrician/gynecologists, the Mercy Pregnancy Care Clinic, a comprehensive breast center, resource library and educational classrooms.
“I want to say thank you so much for this generous donation of $10,000 that will go to supply screening mammography, education and also help those individuals who have breast cancer for wigs and possibly prosthesis and Lymphedema Sleeves,” Oliver said.
The breast center offers breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), stereotactic breast biopsy, bone density and ultrasound testing. It also offers educational classes encompassing the lifespan of women’s health issues from childbirth to menopause.