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Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation Receives Komen Outreach Grant
Bardstown, Ky. (June 1, 2015) – The Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation has received a $15,000 grant from Susan G. Komen Louisville to fund a new Breast Cancer Genetic & High Risk Outreach Program in Nelson and surrounding counties. The program will provide education and awareness of hereditary and high-risk factors for breast cancer.
Through an awareness campaign, individuals will complete a short survey on family history and risk factors to determine if they qualify for genetic testing and counseling. Those who qualify will work with a genetic counselor and a nurse navigator from KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care at Flaget Memorial Hospital. The grant also provides transportation assistance.
In addition, the program also will fund clinical breast screenings in five rural communities of Nelson, Bullitt, and Larue counties. These screening events will include a physician and/or nurse practitioner, and genetic counselor to conduct the screenings. Individuals will also be educated on how to reduce high-risk behavior that might increase a person’s chances of getting cancer.
“We are so appreciative of Komen Louisville’s support which will allow us to educate the community about the importance of genetic testing,” said Bobbi Harned, director, KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care at Flaget Memorial Hospital. “Now, women with a family history of breast and ovarian cancer will have increased access to genetic counseling without leaving our community. It’s all part of our mission to create a healthier community.”
For more information about the new breast cancer outreach program, contact Bobbi Harned at KentuckyOne Health Cancer Care at Flaget Memorial Hospital, 502.350.5706 or [email protected]