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Yes, Mamm! Berea Program Receives $12,000 Grant
to Provide Additional Breast Cancer Screenings in Berea
Grant will provide breast health care and support for underserved populations
Berea, Ky. (April 6, 2018) – The Saint Joseph Berea Foundation, part of KentuckyOne Health, has been awarded a $12,000 grant from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund, to continue the Yes, Mamm! program at Saint Joseph Berea. This program provides mammography screenings, diagnostic services, and other forms of support to individuals in need from central and eastern Kentucky.
“All too often, men and women who are medically-underserved fall through the cracks of services currently available,” said Leslie Smart, president, Saint Joseph Berea Foundation. “This grant will allow us to continue providing potentially lifesaving breast cancer screenings to those who are low-income, uninsured or underinsured.”
About 1 in 8 women, and 1 percent of men, will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. However, with early detection, the five-year survival rate is more than 80 percent. Mammograms are an important tool in early detection, but too often, cost prevents people from getting a screening.
This grant will provide patients in Berea with 90 screening mammograms and, if needed, further diagnostic testing. In addition, the funding will help with patient and family support groups, legal help with wills and advance directives, and to provide gas cards and lodging assistance to patients who have to travel to Lexington for additional treatment or testing.
The Yes, Mamm! program was created in 2012. The Berea program collaborates with the Madison County Health Department, as well as other programs in the community, to identify individuals in need and provide referrals to the program. Yes, Mamm! has helped hundreds of people across the Commonwealth, with 100 percent of its program funding spent on patient care.
To learn more about the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation and the Yes, Mamm! Berea program, call 859.313.1705.
About Saint Joseph Berea Foundation
The Saint Joseph Berea Foundation supports KentuckyOne 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.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth, and includes hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies in Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is dedicated to bringing wellness, healing and hope to all, including the underserved.