In February, the Breast Cancer Alliance awarded Greenwich Hospital a $50,000 grant in support of the Breast Center and its Free Mammogram Program. The donation will impact many women in the community who seek breast care at Greenwich Hospital.
“Routine mammograms are vital to preventative care,” said Melissa Hollar, RT, manager of the Breast Center. “Early detection of breast cancer is key to survivorship, and our partnership with the Breast Cancer Alliance ensures this specialized support is available to all who need it.”
Breast Cancer remains the second leading cause of death for women in America. The Free Mammogram Program at the Greenwich Hospital Breast Center provides uninsured or underinsured women in the local area the opportunity to beat this stark statistic by getting diagnosed early.
Women who are low income or without insurance depend on this service in part because more and more Medicare and Medicaid funding levels are restricted. In addition, our Community Health outreach programs increase more women’s awareness of the need to get screened.
In 2017, Greenwich Hospital provided 181 free mammograms with the funding from the Breast Cancer Alliance grant. The organization has been generous in their support of Greenwich Hospital since 1997 donating more than $860,000 over the years.
“Breast Cancer Alliance is pleased to be a supporter of breast health care for underserved women at Greenwich Hospital for more than two decades now,” said Yonni Wattenmaker, executive director at the Breast Cancer Alliance. “We are confident in the quality of care these women are provided by the team at Greenwich Hospital and value the partnership between our two organizations. We know that together, we are positively impacting the lives of thousands of women.”
Since its founding, the Breast Cancer Alliance, a Greenwich based nonprofit, has presented over $20 million in grants to organizations that align with their mission of improving survival rates and quality of life for those affected by breast cancer.