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Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Receives More Than $260,000 for Yes, Mamm! Yes, Cerv! Programs

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 12, 2022) – The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, on behalf of the Yes, Mamm! Yes, Cerv! programs, has received a $261,384 grant that will be used to help increase the early detection of breast and cervical cancer for patients across Kentucky. The funding comes from the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Breast and Cervical Early Detection Program. The grant will help the program continue to serve cancer patients of CHI Saint Joseph Health’s hospitals, its medical group and clinically integrated network of providers. 

“With this grant, the Yes Mamm! Yes Cerv! programs will continue to serve women across Kentucky in need of assistance for access to critical breast and cervical cancer screenings,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “We know that early detection saves lives of women faced with a cancer diagnosis. Thanks to the Kentucky Women’s Cancer Screening Program, we continue supporting women’s health across the commonwealth.”

The Yes, Mamm! program was created in 2012 and provides mammography screenings and diagnostic services, such as biopsies, to low-income, uninsured, underinsured, or medically underserved men and women. The program collaborates with a variety of nonprofit organizations and health care providers to identify individuals needing these services and receives referrals to the program. Approximately 10% of the patients referred for this program require a follow-up biopsy or diagnostic screening.

The Yes, Cerv! program was created in 2020 and aims to prevent cervical cancer by promoting pap smears and HPV vaccinations to providers and patients. The program also helps provide patients with cervical cancer screenings, early-stage diagnoses, and oncological pelvic treatment.

To learn more about the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Yes, Mamm! program, visit To learn more about the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Yes Cerv! program, visit


About CHI Saint Joseph Health

CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of CommonSpirit Health, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 100 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes, home health agencies and an ambulatory Care Center. The hospitals in CHI Saint Joseph Health are Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph Berea, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph Jessamine, Saint Joseph London, Saint Joseph Mount Sterling, and Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to providing a wide array of services toward a goal of building a healthier future for all. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Hospital 

Saint Joseph Hospital is a 433-bed hospital located in Lexington, Kentucky. Established in 1877 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Kentucky, the facility serves residents of central and eastern Kentucky and is a nationally recognized tertiary medical center. Saint Joseph Hospital is Lexington’s first hospital. The hospital’s original mission was to provide compassionate care to the poor and underserved – a tradition still carried out today.

About Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation supports CHI Saint Joseph Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

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