June 11, 2010 -
In partnership with First Federal, Operation Uplift and “Pink Up Port Angeles”, Olympic Medical Center is offering a Free Breast Health Clinic on Saturday, June 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The clinic is available for any woman who has not had her annual screening mammogram in the past year, and who is uninsured, inadequately insured or otherwise unable to pay for a clinical breast screening or mammogram. Availability is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call (888) 362-6260 and ask about the Free Breast Health Clinic.
Made Possible By First Federal
Locally owned bank First Federal made this Free Breast Health Clinic possible with a generous donation through its Community Dividend Fund toward digital mammography in 2009. The $375,000 of funding not only provided financial support to purchase the equipment, but also continues to provide free mammograms for women who qualify.
“We are very thankful for their generous donation and their support of women’s health,” says Rhonda Curry, assistant administrator at Olympic Medical.
Olympic Medical Center installed digital mammography in late 2009. In the first four months of 2010, the mammography program at Olympic Medical screened approximately 3,000 patients. Among this group of 3,000 patients, 21 patients received a breast cancer diagnosis. Since the switch to digital mammography, access for patients has increased by 50 percent. This means women are able to get their screening appointment much more quickly than they could this time last year.
“First Federal’s donation allowed Olympic Medical Center to purchase state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment much sooner than it could have without the contribution,” says Bruce Skinner, executive director of the OMC Foundation who distributes the funds from First Federal. “First Federal can be thanked in part for this significant increase in preventive breast screening among women here on the Olympic Peninsula.”
For more information on First Federal’s Community Dividend Fund, please go to www.doinggoodfeelsgood.com.
Partnership with Operation Uplift and “Pink Up Port Angeles” because “We Can’t Bear Cancer”
The Free Breast Health Clinic is during “Pink Up Port Angeles” –a fundraiser by Soroptomist of Port Angeles for Operation Uplift. Operation Uplift is providing a registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) for the clinic, as well as additional volunteer staff. The Soroptomist group is helping spread the word for the free clinic and spreading awareness about the importance of breast cancer screening.
“‘We can’t bear cancer’ is their mantra for this year’s Pink Up Port Angeles campaign and I think it’s safe to say we all want to prevent cancer and keep women healthy,” says Deby King, director of diagnostic imaging, Olympic Medical Center. “First Federal, Operation Uplift, Soroptomist, the OMC Foundation and Olympic Medical Center have all come together nicely to support this cause.”
For more information on digital mammography, please log on to www.olympicmedical.org and click on “Services”, then “Diagnostic Imaging.”
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.