Expanding Access to Breast Cancer Screenings
Since 1993, the Breast Cancer Screening Program at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals has made screening, diagnostic and treatment services accessible to all eligible women to reduce the number of deaths related to breast cancer. The program is funded by the Montgomery County Health Department’s Women’s Cancer Control Program, the state of Maryland’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Program, the Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospital Foundations, and breast cancer grants.
Thanks to its local partnerships, Adventist HealthCare has been able to expand the program by increasing the number of mammograms.
“Aside from non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the U.S., which makes it vital to ensure that women in our community have access to screenings through the Breast Cancer Screening Program,” says Jane Peck, executive director of cancer care services for Adventist HealthCare provided to local women. This year, 450 mammograms were provided with the help of the Health Care Initiative Foundation, and 300 mammograms were provided thanks to the Primary Care Coalition, through funding from the American Breast Cancer Foundation.
To apply for the program, call 240-777-1750. If you want more information or have questions, call Ashley Fried at 301-315-3507.
Teaming Up With Susan G. Komen For The Cure
Since 2010, a nearly $1 million grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure has allowed Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals to expand the Navigate to Health: Rapid Referral Program, which offers comprehensive breast care services to medically underserved, low-income, minority women throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. By 2014, the program is expected to serve nearly 2,000 women in the area.
“We are grateful for this generous contribution, which allows us to increase access to mammograms as well as expand the educational services around breast cancer to improve the lives of women in our community,” says Judy Lichty, regional director of health and wellness for Adventist HealthCare.