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Published on March 09, 2011

Abington Memorial Hospital Receives Grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to Help in the Fight Against Breast Cancer

ABINGTON, PA (March 9, 2011) — The Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recently announced that Abington Memorial Hospital will receive a $100,000 grant for breast cancer outreach initiatives in 2011-2012. The Affiliate will distribute more than $2 million in grants to 38 organizations to support breast health education, awareness, screening, treatment and support projects specifically targeting low-income, uninsured women in the 2011-2012 grant period. 

Since the Affiliate was founded in 2001, Abington Memorial Hospital (AMH) has been awarded six grants, totaling more than $560,000. AMH was chosen for its demonstration of a firm commitment to, and passion for, reaching out to its local community to empower as many people as possible – especially those with no or limited health coverage – to fight back against the disease that takes one life every 69 seconds. 

“This generous grant from Komen makes it possible for us to provide essential care to uninsured and underinsured women throughout our service area,” said Linda B. ?Griska, M.D., director of Breast Health, Abington Memorial Hospital. “Particularly in this current economic environment, it is very important for all women to be provided with the opportunity to receive screening for breast cancer, regardless of their ability to pay.”

The Philadelphia Affiliate distributes grants to organizations that work with the medically underserved, including uninsured and underinsured individuals and those individuals who may not receive adequate care because of barriers such as language, cultural differences and fear. The outreach spans the Komen Philadelphia service area of:  Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties, PA; Camden County, NJ; and Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties, DE. 

“Despite the tremendous progress in the breast cancer movement over the past two decades, there are still tens-of-thousands of women, right here in our own community who believe a breast cancer diagnosis is a death sentence," said Elaine I. Grobman, executive director, Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. "Every day, mothers who have limited or no healthcare benefits are choosing to feed their families instead of getting a mammogram or breast health care simply because they are unaware that life-saving screening and treatment services are available to them."

"Our grantees are hard at work every day in our neighborhoods building bridges to these women," Grobman continued. "They are connecting them with the resources that enrich and save lives, educating entire communities, replacing helplessness with hope, empowering all generations and cultures to live in a world with breast cancer without living in fear… regardless of race, financial ability, education or background."

In total, the programs funded by Komen Philadelphia Affiliate grants are expected to accomplish the following:

Referrals to mammograms: 6,161
Mammograms performed: 3,864
Clinical breast exams: 4,365
Outreach contacts: 40,849
Education/counseling: 8,237

The screenings funded by the grant are performed at Abington Memorial Hospital's Mary T. Sachs Breast Center, located at the Abington Health Center - Schilling Campus, which has recently been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). In addition, Abington Memorial Hospital has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

The thirty-eight new Komen Philadelphia Affiliate Grantees will be honored at the annual Komen Philadelphia Grantee Luncheon on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel.

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