2018-19 Community Grant Recipients
For 2018, Komen South Carolina has awarded more than $180,000 to community nonprofits providing screening, diagnostic and treatment support services to the medically underserved in rural communities across South Carolina. To learn more about how these programs and services are selected for funding by Komen South Carolina click here.
Allendale County Hospital
803-632-3311 ext. 240
serving Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell and Hampton counties
The goal of the Pink Prevention program, funded by Susan G. Komen South Carolina, is to reduce the financial barriers for screening and treatment to women in a rural and economically under-served community. Residents of Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Hampton counties are eligible for these services. The need for this program continues to grow as increasing financial barriers inhibit access to breast health care among a growing uninsured population. Many uninsured women in the community travel great distances to their employment, as far away as Bluffton and Hilton Head. They must leave their homes in the early morning hours and return in the evening. To meet the needs of those ladies, Allendale County Hospital will offer extended radiology hours for mammography services, upon request.
The program provides breast health services to uninsured or under-insured women, ages 21-64, who do not qualify for the Best Chance Network. The Pink Prevention Program will follow women through the continuum of care, beginning with a clinical breast exam and ending with any needed diagnostics and/or treatment. When positive biopsy results are indicated, women will be referred to the Medicaid Breast and Cervical Cancer Program for financial assistance with surgery and/or treatment.
serving Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties
The priority of “Reach Out to Care” is to reduce barriers to evidenced-based breast cancer services for the working poor, underinsured and uninsured. The program’s primary goal is to eliminate gaps of care and reduce disparities in breast cancer for African American, Hispanic, and Migrant populations in Hampton, Jasper & Beaufort Counties (including men). Eligible patients live at or below 250% poverty or are underinsured. The program provide clinical breast exams, screening mammograms and up to $2000 (per person) for diagnostic services. Financial assistance will also be provided for transportation. Other local agencies partner with BJHCHS to provide follow-up care services for imaging, ultrasound, and MRI include Beaufort Memorial Physician Services and Beaufort Memorial Imaging.
serving Darlington, Florence, Marion and Williamsburg counties
“Making an Impact 2018” will address disparities by providing mammogram scholarships to women who cannot afford mammograms and who (after guidance from the Project Director) fail to qualify for the Best Chance Network. These mammograms will take place either at the McLeod Breast Health Center or on the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit, which will travel to rural and high-minority communities throughout the four target counties. By providing financial assistance for mammograms to women facing economic barriers, the program will increase the percentage of people who enter and progress through the continuum of care. Over the grant period, the Mobile Unit will visit all four counties this project serves, bringing quality mammography services to women who lack the means to travel long distances to access them.
Though Komen funding will be used exclusively to provide mammography scholarships, this project by no means ends here. Scholarship recipients with abnormal mammogram findings will receive navigation services to help them progress through the entire continuum of care. Participants requiring biopsies will receive guidance from the Project Director on how to request hospital charity from McLeod. In addition, the McLeod Cancer Center has an oncology social worker on staff that will assist anyone diagnosed with breast cancer in applying for Medicaid. For cancer treatment, many Making An Impact participants may be eligible for treatment from the McLeod Cancer Clinic, the state’s only remaining free hospital-based cancer clinic, which provides cost-free cancer care to uninsured residents of the Pee Dee.
Lexington Medical Center
serving Aiken, Calhoun, Edgefield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland and Saluda counties
Our goal is early detection of breast cancer for underinsured and uninsured residents of Lexington, Richland, Aiken, Newberry, Edgefield, Saluda, Calhoun and Orangeburg counties. In order to meet our goal, LMC will provide free screening mammograms to this population. This aligns specifically with the funding priority of reducing breast cancer mortality especially in the counties of Orangeburg, Edgefield and Calhoun since screening mammograms detect smaller breast cancers and patients are diagnosed at an earlier stage. Patients would be qualified using income guidelines at 100% of federal poverty guidelines. Once patients are screened, they will be linked with the many additional resources available such as Lexington Medical Center’s financial assistance program. Other resources include but are not limited to SC Breast Cancer Medicaid and co-pay assistance programs.
The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation
serving Cherokee, Spartanburg and Union counties
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Foundation’s (SRHSF) program goal is to reduce the Breast Cancer Mortality rate of African-American and underserved women in these counties by reducing the financial, social and transportation barriers that keep these populations from being screened. By reducing these barriers to care, our program works to reduce the late stage diagnoses and high breast cancer mortality rates in our service area. The awarded grant will support the hospital’s Mammography Assistance Program that provides free mammography screening, diagnostic, ultrasound, and biopsies to underserved women in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties.
In order to ensure that all patients enter and stay in the Continuum of Care, SRHS employs a navigation team to work with our patients. This team includes a culturally competent Lay Community Breast Navigator who promotes the program in the community and increases mammography screening rates by reducing barriers that prevent women from entering the continuum of care. This navigator is not a grant funded position, which allows all of our Komen grant dollars to provide patient care.
SRHS will partner with community organizations in order to make this program successful. We will work with local healthcare providers in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties. Local organizations are encouraged to refer eligible women to the program. The program will also continue to partner with SRHS’s Gibbs Cancer Center and Research Institute staff to provide a seamless transition for our patients and to complete the continuum of care for those ladies diagnosed through our program. This partnership ensures that no woman diagnosed through our program slips through the cracks.