The Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott has received a $5,000 grant from the Pacific Life Foundation to support an upgrade to 3D mammography equipment at Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.
The grant was made possible through a Partner Involvement Program which provides grants to nonprofit agencies where distinguished insurance producers serve on the board or a committee of the agency. Local Edward Jones agent Jamie Armstrong, Mercy Health Foundation Fort Scott Board President, submitted the grant application.
In January 2016, the Mercy Health Foundation Board initiated a $125,000 fundraising campaign where each dollar donated toward the purchase of a 3D mammography devise would be matched 100 percent by the Foundation. Through the solicitation of private and public contributions, the goal is to raise $250,000 toward the 3D mammography equipment upgrade.
Every year, about 3,800 women depend on Mercy Hospital Fort Scott for mammograms. With an upgrade from 2D to 3D technology, patients at Mercy will benefit from a 28 percent increase in early invasive breast cancer detection while seeing a 37 percent reduction on false positive recalls.
To make a donation to the 3D mammography fundraising campaign, please visit www.mercy.net/FortScott3DGift or call the Mercy Health Foundation office at 620-223-8094.