Caring for women in the Upstate

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Susan G. Komen representatives Emily Bugay and Stephanie Miller present a grant check to David Church, Vice President of Oncology Services and Home Care of Spartanburg Regional; Jackie Foster, Manager of Mobile Mammography and Outreach Services; and Mary Mabry, Director of the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health. The grant will directly fund the Mammography Assistance Program which serves underinsured and uninsured women.

SPARTANBURG — Early detection of breast cancer is crucial to successful treatment, but some women aren’t able to afford their yearly mammogram. Through Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s (SRHS) Mammography Assistance Program at Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, women can make their health a priority.

To help uninsured and underinsured women, the Susan G. Komen Foundation awarded a $64,995 grant to Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health, directly benefiting the Mammography Assistance Program. The Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health has been a recipient of grants through Susan G. Komen since 2009, receiving a total of $457,870.

SRHS is one of four hospitals in South Carolina to receive a grant this year. The grant is a competitive application based on the needs of the community.

“Without their funding, our help to women in the community would be limited,” said Mary Mabry, Director of Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health. “Women face many barriers, with financial concerns and transportation being the two biggest. The Mammography Assistance Program and Mobile Mammography allow us to reach those women and help them put themselves first.”

The South Carolina Mountains and Midlands Susan G. Komen Affiliate awarded the grant on June 29 at a celebration at the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health.

Women over 40 should have a screening mammogram every 12 months and the Mammography Assistance Program provides free mammograms to women in Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union counties who don’t have insurance and cannot afford a screening. Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties have some of the highest uninsured rates in South Carolina; drawing attention to the need for assistance for women in our area.

“It was really exciting to bring the celebration to our hard working staff and recognize them too,” Mabry said. “Until there is a cure for cancer, our mission is to reduce the mortality rate and reduce barriers that prevent women from entering and staying in the continuum of care.

Along with the grant, Mabry and Jackie Foster, former Manager of Mobile Mammography and Outreach Services, were surprised to be recognized as Komen Champions for sharing Susan G. Komen Foundation’s mission to create a world without breast cancer.

“They have dedicated their lives to supporting women in this community,” said David Church, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System’s vice president of oncology and support services.

The Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health diagnoses approximately 370 women with breast cancer each year.

About Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) offers a full spectrum of services through three hospitals: Spartanburg Medical Center, Pelham Medical Center and Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care. SRHS provides unparalleled oncological care through the Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute. The multidisciplinary Medical Group of the Carolinas has more than 300 physicians across seven counties in two states. SRHS employs nearly 6,000 associates and offers outpatient surgery centers, a vibrant post-acute division, a Level I Trauma Center, and Advicare, a licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Advicare provides Medicaid services to residents throughout the state of South Carolina. U.S. News and World Report ranked Spartanburg Medical Center the No. 1 regional hospital in South Carolina. The Commission on Cancer gave Gibbs Cancer Center & Research Institute its Outstanding Achievement Award.

About Susan G. Komen SC Mountains to Midlands

Local affiliate of Susan G. Komen, Susan G. Komen SC Mountains to Midlands is focused on a single promise: to end breast cancer forever. Locally incorporated and operated, the Komen SC Mountains to Midlands affiliate raises funds through events such as Race for the Cure and other year-round fundraising opportunities. The affiliate has invested more than $4.6 million in community breast health programs in 22 South Carolina counties and more than $1.67 million for local and national breast cancer research.