PINEHURST –Susan G. Komen Charlotte has awarded $906,000 to 17 local health programs that provide screening, education and treatment to individuals with limited resources in its 13-county service area. These grants provide breast cancer assistance in areas ranging from mammograms and diagnostics, education and outreach, to treatment support through qualified grantees.
FirstHealth of the Carolinas was the only new applicant to receive the award this year. FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital and FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital were awarded $22,806 to provide free screening mammograms in the two counties.
Komen Charlotte Community Health Grants support under-served, under-insured and uninsured populations in central North Carolina. Grantees are chosen by an independent grant review panel that scores breast cancer projects and programs on the impact, capacity, collaborations, sustainability, feasibility and evidence-based strategies that will best serve people in the service area.
“FirstHealth is honored and excited to be a new grantee of Susan G. Komen Charlotte,” says Chris Miller, administrative director of FirstHealth Community Health Services. “Given the demographic of our patients, screening for breast cancer is essential.”
“We often find that people will forgo necessary health screenings because of the lack of insurance or access to affordable health care,” says John Krahnert, M.D., chief medical officer for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “This grant gives us the opportunity to provide mammogram screenings for patients who may not have access to health care, and assist with awareness, education, screening and treatment.”
This year’s grantees include the following organizations:
- Cabarrus Health Alliance
- Carolinas Medical Center – Northeast
- CaroMont Cancer Center at CaroMont Regional Medical Center
- Chestnut Grove Community Center
- Lincoln County Health Department
- Carolinas Rehabilitation – Main
- Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council
- Mecklenburg County Health Department
- Novant Health – Huntersville, Presbyterian and Matthews Medical Centers
- FirstHealth of the Carolinas – Montgomery and Richmond Memorial Hospitals
- Cornerstone Baptist Church
- Novant Health – Rowan Medical Center
- Stanly Regional Medical Center, Stanly Regional Medical Center – Edema Management Center
- Union County Health Department
For information on the screenings available at FirstHealth, visit www.firsthealth.org/komenscreenings.
About Susan G. Komen Charlotte
Komen Charlotte raises funds through events such as the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®; Laugh for the Cure®; and a variety of community events hosted by community corporate partners, small business, faith communities, schools and volunteer organizations. More than 300 volunteers dedicate time and talent to educate, advocate and share the mission of Susan G. Komen.
Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds generated by the affiliate stay in the service area. In 2014, $906,000 is being distributed to 17 service agencies to provide free mammograms and a continuum of breast health services to under-insured and uninsured people in the Komen Charlotte service area. The remaining 25 percent of monies raised is used to fund cutting-edge breast cancer research studies, many of which are conducted in North Carolina research facilities and universities.
Komen Charlotte serves the following counties: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Richmond, Rowan, Stanly and Union; and York County, S.C.
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