Barton HealthCare receives grant funds for mammograms |

Barton HealthCare receives grant funds for mammograms

Denise Sloan Smart / Barton HealthCare System

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation granted to the Barton HealthCare System a record amount of funds to pay for screening and diagnostic mammograms for needy women and men in South Lake Tahoe and Douglas and Alpine counties.

In the past, Barton received a couple thousand dollars from the Komen foundation for mammograms. For the grant cycle 2007-08, Barton received $42,500. These funds are for those who are uninsured or underinsured or who have a low income and high share of cost.

“This is a very welcomed opportunity for us to be able to help so many whom otherwise would not be able to afford the annual exam,” said Pam Stoddart, Komen Project director for the Barton HealthCare System. “In the past, we only received enough funding to help a dozen or so women all year long. But because of the greatly increased funds, this year we’ve helped more than two dozen women in the first half of the grant cycle, and we’ve already identified four women with breast cancer. So by having access to this funding, we are saving lives.”

“Also, because of the increased funds, we’ve been able to offer breast health education information to more than 400 women so far,” Stoddart said.

Unlike other free mammogram programs, there are no age limitations to qualify for the Komen-funded tests, only financial need. Apply for the free mammograms by picking up an application at the Barton Community Clinic located on South Avenue, across from the hospital’s main entrance.

Barton Memorial Hospital also is helping by offering a softer, warmer mammogram. Now, there is no excuse not to get this potentially lifesaving test, especially if you are age 40 or older. The revolutionary MammoPads dramatically ease the discomfort many women experience when they have a mammogram. Now you can relax knowing that your next exam will be warm and comfortable.

During the past eight years, the Komen foundation’s Northern Nevada Affiliate has granted more than $1.25 million to local community programs.

For more information, call the Barton Resource Center at (530) 543-5537, or stop by the Barton Community Clinic.

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