2018-19 Community Grant Recipients
Through our 2018-19 Community Grants, Komen South Carolina has invested more than $ 180,065 in screening, diagnosis and treatment support programs.
Allendale County Hospital: “Pink Prevention”
(803) 632-3311 x 240
Priority Counties: Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Hampton The Pink Prevention Program provides breast health services to uninsured or under-insured women, ages 21-64, who do not qualify for the Best Chance Network. Women who reside in Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Hampton counties are eligible for a total of 369 direct patient services, which include: 225 screening mammograms, 70 clinical breast exam screenings, 35 diagnostic mammograms, 35 breast ultrasounds, two (2) biopsies and two (2) gas cards for transportation to treatment. The need for this program continues to grow as financial barriers inhibit access to breast health care among a growing uninsured population in our community. The Pink Prevention Program will impact our community by making breast health services readily available, with the expectation of reducing the incidence of breast cancer. The data collected and compiled throughout the year will offer a snapshot of the program’s success and its impact on our community.
Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.: “Reach Out to Care”
Priority Counties: Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton BJHCHS will eliminate gaps of care to reduce deaths from breast cancer for our target population of African American, Hispanic, and Migrant populations in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton Counties (including men) who live at or below 250% poverty or underinsured allowing access to breast health awareness, mammogram screening and follow-up services. The gaps of care include education, access, transportation, the cost for annual clinical breast exam, mammograms and follow-up diagnostic care. Through Susan G. Komen and community collaborations with bilingual staff, BJHCHS will increase awareness of breast health as well as assist patients accessing and receiving care. The SGK Reach Out to Care Program will provide Clinical Breast Exams (in-kind) and mammograms. In addition follow-up diagnostic care will be offered to patients who are referred. More than 5,000 lowcountry residents will be reached through the program.
Lexington Medical Center: “Free Screening Mammography”
Priority Counties: Aiken, Calhoun, Edgefield, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Orangeburg, Saluda LMC’s goals are early detection and treatment assistance for underinsured and uninsured residents of Lexington, Richland, Calhoun, Orangeburg, Aiken, Newberry, Edgefield and Saluda counties. This grant will enable LMC to provide free screening mammograms to women within the counties listed above. With receipt of the requested grant, we would be able to offer 72 screening mammograms at no charge to the patient. LMC will qualify these patients by using income guidelines of 300% of federal poverty guidelines. Once patients are screened, they can then be linked with appropriate resources including but not limited to SC Breast Cancer Medicaid, the LMC financial assistance program, co-pay assistance programs and any other combination of funding to be found. LMC plans to evaluate with an impact survey to be completed at the time of service. The anticipated resulting change is to be diagnosing woman with an early stage breast cancer.
McLeod Health Foundation: “Making an Impact 2018-19”
Priority Counties: Darlington, Florence, Marion, Wiliamsburg Making An Impact 2018-2019 will target underserved priority groups (African American, low-income, and rural women) in Marion, Darlington, Williamsburg and Florence Counties. The project’s key activities include providing mammograms, patient navigation for women with abnormal findings and disseminating educational materials. McLeod Health expects to serve approximately 185 individuals with the Komen SC funding. The expected change is an increased number of screening mammograms & diagnostic services provided to women in the target areas.
The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation: “Spartanburg Regional Mammography Program”
Priority Counties: Cherokee, Spartanburg, Union Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation (SRHSF) is using these grant funds to continue the hospital’s Mammography Assistance Program that provides free mammography screening, diagnostic, ultrasound, and biopsies to uninsured and underserved women in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties. The objective is to screen low-income, uninsured women for breast cancer in these counties with a focus on reaching the African-American population.
The program goal is to reduce the Breast Cancer Mortality rate of underserved women in these counties by reducing the financial, social and transportation barriers that keep these populations from being screened. SRHSF will partner with Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health and their mobile mammography program in order to bring these services to our community.