June 2, 2011 -
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 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 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. Further, women must be 40 or older, unless there is a family history of breast cancer. Availability is limited to 20 women and pre-registration is required. To register, please call (888) 362-6260 and ask about the Free Breast Health Clinic.
Partnership with Operation Uplift and “Pink Up Port Angeles”
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.
“Early diagnosis is important when it comes to any type of cancer, which is why we recommend women 40 and up to obtain an annual mammogram,” says Kacey Eichacker, supervisor of women’s imaging at Olympic Medical Center. “When caught in the earlier stages, the five-year rate of survival is significantly favorable at nearly 94 percent. Through the Free Breast Health Clinic we can offer this important screening to women who may not otherwise obtain it.”
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.
Olympic Medical Center installed digital mammography in late 2009. In 2010, of the 40 new breast cancers detected by screening mammograms, 85 percent were ultimately classified as stage 0 or stage 1 (early stages).
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.