WRHS Receives Grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Arkansas Affiliate

From Left, Angela Dugger, Marsha Oliver, Dana Thomas

Batesville, ARK. (April, 2013) –  For the seventh consecutive year, White River Health System (WRHS) in Batesville has been awarded a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas.
This year, WRHS was granted $18,800.  With this grant, WRHS and the physicians of North Arkansas Radiology will continue to provide potentially life-saving mammography screenings to women in North Central Arkansas who are uninsured or underinsured. 

The program primarily serves women ages 40 to 64 who cannot afford mammography services and are not covered by commercial insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or Arkansas BreastCare. Younger women may also qualify if their physician determines they have a significant clinical risk or family history of breast cancer. Those who cannot afford an office visit to a family physician for a mammogram may qualify for an office visit at no cost.

In 2012, nearly 230 women in the area received services at no cost as a result of the grant.

“For several years now, this grant has brought many women through our doors that might not otherwise have been able to receive a mammogram,” said Michelle Warden, MD, Radiologist at North Arkansas Radiology Associates and on the Medical Staff at White River Medical Center. “If nothing is found, it brings women peace of mind; however, if something is found, it brings the opportunity to get treatment early, which is key to successfully fighting breast cancer.”

This year marks the 19th for the Komen organization to award grants to programs around the state who are working in the fight against breast cancer.

"We worked hard to earn this money and we are so proud to distribute to such trustworthy, valuable, impactful programs. Our fight continues until a cure is found,” says Komen Arkansas Board Chair Ellen Kreth. 

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas Affiliate handed out 20 grants totaling over $1.1 million to Arkansas organizations. Additionally, $427,000 has been used for breast cancer research to help find the cure.

Women interested in taking advantage of free mammograms provided by WRHS and Komen are encouraged to call 870-262-1035 to see if they qualify. 

Komen for the Cure was established as the Komen Foundation in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36.  Thanks to more than 75,000 volunteers dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, Komen for the Cure with its Affiliate Network is the world’s largest private funder of community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs.  Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and donors, Komen for the Cure has raised over one billion dollars for the fight against breast cancer.

WRMC is a 199-bed regional referral center and the flagship facility of White River Health System (WRHS). WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas. The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, rural health clinics, and primary care and specialty physician offices. White River Health System is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association and the Arkansas Hospital Association, is a recipient of the Governor’s Award, and is licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.


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