Bus efforts lead to award

March 31, 2012

Pam Howlett, certified breast cancer patient

navigator, and Marsha Oliver, operations

manager of the Mercy Women's Center, accept

the award from Ellen Kreth, Komen Arkansas

board chairman.

St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center has been inducted into the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Pink Ribbon Society.

The honor was announced at the annual Komen 2012 Grant Awards Luncheon in Little Rock.

The Pink Ribbon Society is an honorary membership based on community leadership in the area of breast health and breast health awareness and given to recognize significant contributions to the state to advance the mission of the Komen organization.

A release from Komen Arkansas stated: St. Joseph’s Mercy worked diligently to raise the funds needed to revive their mobile mammography unit and program. With new digital equipment, the mobile unit will now be on the road again, servicing the rural areas of their community.”

The award was presented by Ellen Kreth, Komen Arkansas board chairman and received by Marsha Oliver, operations manager for the St. Joseph’s Mercy Women’s Center.

Others inducted included KLRT-TV 16 in Little Rock and KKPT-FM 94.1 in Little Rock.

The Mercy Mobile Mammography Unit is expected to be ready in June. It’s ordering was the culmination of the work of the St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Foundation and a committee made up of Isabel Anthony, Bernard Cluck, Keeley DeSalvo, Elizabeth Farris, Lynda Jackson, Larry Levi and John Hearnsberger. They kicked off the fund-raising drive with an event last year with a pledge of $300,000 from the St. Joseph’s Mercy Volunteer Auxiliary. Donations continued from co-workers and community members and the goal was reached after a $25,000 donation from the Olds Foundation.

Developed to make mammogram screenings more accessible, the 40-feet-long Mercy Mobile Mammography Unit will travel to rural locations to assist medically underserved women in south central Arkansas. It will become one of only five mobile units in the state, and the only unit to serve Garland, Saline, Clark, Montgomery and Pike Counties. The bus not only offers convenience, but also offers women all the privacy they would expect if they were able to travel to a doctor’s office.

It will also feature the latest technology, including digital mammography. And it will be compatible with St. Joseph’s Mercy’s electronic health record and its patient portal, MyMercy.

The 10-wheeled bus features intake and consult areas as well as an imaging suite. It also has a wheelchair lift to ensure accessibility.

St. Joseph’s Mercy is a not-for-profit, faith-based health facility with 27 medical clinics serving the health care needs of Hot Springs and its surrounding communities since 1888. It is designated as the southwest region’s only Level II Trauma Center and the region’s most preferred provider of health care services. On May 14, St. Joseph’s Mercy will become Mercy Hospital Hot Springs.

Mercy is the eighth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,500 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

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