Southeast Georgia Health System Mammograms in Motion Program Receives Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate Grant
Each year, the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct community care for breast health services such as cancer screening, education, diagnostic exams and patient navigation.
In March 2019, during its annual awards banquet, Komen awarded the Southeast Georgia Health System Mammograms in Motion program with a grant for the ninth consecutive year. This year’s $50,000 grant brings the total received to $465,000.
Led by the Health System, Mammograms in Motion is a collaboration with area physicians, community health centers and county health departments to provide breast health education and outreach, screening mammograms and diagnostic breast work-up services to uninsured and low income individuals residing in Brantley, Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties. While each of the Health System’s three breast imaging locations participate in the program, what makesMammograms in Motion unique is the use of its Wellness on Wheels (WOW) vehicle. A custom designed, self-contained mobile health vehicle, the WOW travels to rural communities to provide screening mammograms and other outreach services to patients who have limited access to care.
“We are extremely grateful to once again receive a grant in support of our mammography program,” says DelRia Baisden, vice president, Southeast Georgia Health System. “Because of Komen’s continued support, individuals who qualify for Mammograms in Motion have no out of pocket costs for their care.”
Services vary per patient, and may include advanced diagnostic studies and biopsies based on the results of the patient’s screening mammogram. Since inception in 2011, Mammograms in Motion has provided care to more than 1,800 individuals, including mammograms, ultrasounds, physician visits and biopsies.
Baisden explains, “These are patients who otherwise may not have received care for a host of reasons, including out of pocket costs, transportation and lack of access to services.”
“In the last five years, our affiliate has provided support for over 8,000 screenings,” shared Julie Schwartz, community engagement manager, Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. “We stress mammograms and diagnostics for underserved women in our community because early detection saves lives.”
Funding for the community grants is generated through Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate fundraising, with the majority from its signature event, the annual Savannah Race for the Cure®, and third party community events like the On Par golf tournament held at the Brunswick Country Club. The 2019 Savannah Race for the Cure will be April 27 in historic Savannah’s Ellis Square. For more information about the race, visit komencoastalgeorgia.org.
For more information about the Southeast Georgia Health System Breast Care Center or the Mammograms in Motion grant, call 912-466-5235 or visit sghs.org.
About Southeast Georgia Health System
Southeast Georgia Health System is a not-for-profit health system comprised of two acute care hospitals, two long term care facilities, three immediate care centers, five family medicine centers and numerous employed physician practices. The Health System has multiple outpatient specialty care centers, including the only CyberKnife® Program in the region and one of only four in Georgia, and a Cancer Care Center accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. In 2018, the Health System’s Brunswick and Camden Campus hospitals were recognized in Georgia Trend magazine’s “Top Georgia Hospitals” in the medium-sized and small-sized categories, respectively. For more information, visit sghs.org.
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