Mercy awarded grant for women’s services

April 20, 2012

Becky Williams (left), Mercy's imaging

services director, accepts a $2,000 grant

from Stephanie Thompson, HOPE 4 You

Breast Cancer Foundation board member. P>

Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott has received a $2,000 grant funded by the Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation based in Joplin. The grant designates the money to be used for mammograms, other breast health services or patient education regarding early detection according to an official statement by the foundation.

The startling fact is that more than 40,000 women will die of breast cancer this year in the U.S. 

HOPE is an acronym for help, outreach, prevent and educate. The purpose of the HOPE 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation is to raise awareness, provide support, offer education and instill hope for those affected by breast cancer according to an official statement by the foundation.

According to data by Kaiser State Health Facts, in 2006 Kansas ranked 5th highest in the U.S. among breast cancer incidences per 100,000 women - well above the national average.  Yet in 2008, Kansas women over age 50 report having fewer mammograms than the national norm.

“Mercy is honored to receive this award for the third time since the HOPE foundation was formed in 2009,” stated Becky Williams, Mercy Director of Imaging Services.  “With these funds Mercy has been able to serve many women who would not have been screened due to the lack of insurance, personal finances or time to care for themselves.”

“The need for expanding breast health awareness is greatly needed,” said Williams. “This financial support allows us to educate women on the risk factors and symptoms and encourage them to take action in caring for themselves or a woman they love.”

For more information about Mercy’s digital mammography or to schedule an appointment, call Mercy’s Imagining Services at620-223-7015.

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 1,600 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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