BOLIVIA, N.C., June 25, 2019 – Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation has been awarded a $29,900 grant from Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (Komen NCTC). Komen NCTC funding will support Brunswick Medical Center’s breast screening and diagnostic program for uninsured and individuals in need, an initiative to reduce breast cancer mortality by decreasing late-stage diagnosis. The program also aims to keep these patients within the continuum of care by addressing disparities and increasing access to timely quality care.
Team members at Brunswick Medical Center’s breast imaging center will use grant funds to provide screening and diagnostic services to Brunswick County residents in need at imaging centers in Bolivia and through the mobile mammography unit, which travels extensively throughout Brunswick County. Komen NCTC has provided annual grants in support of the Brunswick Medical Center’s program since 2015.
“All of us at Brunswick Medical Center, particularly the dedicated program team members, are truly grateful for Komen NCTC’s continued support,” said Cindy Cheatham, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation development program manager. “Our partnership with Komen NCTC ensures that every Brunswick County individual has access to quality care in the fight against breast cancer.”
Cheatham points out that many Brunswick County residents encounter barriers to obtaining annual mammograms, such as transportation, lack of insurance and low health literacy. To address these barriers, Brunswick Medical Center team members provide traditional screening mammograms on the mobile unit and 3D mammograms, diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds at stationary imaging centers. Team members deploy the mobile unit to deliver screenings in rural and low-income areas, collaborating with local organizations to target individuals in need residing in Brunswick County. During screenings, team members provide one-on-one education with evidence-based materials and refer individuals requiring diagnostic procedures to Brunswick Medical Center for follow-up. The program supports Susan G. Komen’s goal to reduce breast cancer deaths by 50% in 10 years by increasing access to quality and timely care.
“Finding research breakthroughs for the most deadly breast cancers and ensuring all people are receiving the care they need are critical for creating a world without breast cancer,” said Pam Kohl, Komen NCTC executive director. “We are proud to partner with Brunswick Medical Center to save lives in Brunswick County by delivering care to individuals who need it most in the community.”
For more information about Novant Health breast health services, visit NovantHealth.org/home/
[Photo (from left to right): Cindy Cheatham, development manager, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation; Lolita Smith-Moore, community health program manager, Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast; Michael McClanahan, senior grant writer, Novant Health Foundation]
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Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. Named in 2017 by Becker’s Hospital Reviewas one of the nation’s 150 best places to work in healthcare, Novant Health’s network consists of more than 1,500 physicians and over 28,000 employees that provide care at over 580 locations, including 15 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2018, Novant Health reported $883 million in total community benefit, including more than $154 million in financial assistance to members in the communities we serve.
The philanthropic efforts of Novant Health’s foundations inspire giving that supports programs and initiatives having direct patient impact. Regional foundations focus on critical needs in five areas: infants and children, cancer, heart and vascular, stroke and neurosciences, and research and education. Through the generous support of individuals, families, companies and grant-making institutions, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation supports Novant Health in its mission to improve the health of its communities, one person at a time.
About Susan G. Komen and Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. To help achieve Komen’s goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Affiliates fund innovative breast health projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance.
Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast (NCTC) is one of more than eighty local affiliates working in communities across the U.S. to meet the most critical needs. Through events like the Komen Triangle Race for the Cure®, Wilmington Race for the Cure ®, and the Komen Research Series, Komen NCTC has invested over $14.5 million in community breast health programs in a 29 county service area, and has helped contribute to the more than $956 million invested globally in research.
For more information, call 919-493-2873 or visit www.komennctc.org.