Komen Grant to SVHC Promotes Early Detection

August 16, 2016

Bennington, VT—August 16, 2016—The VT-NH Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation for support of the Breast Health Rural Outreach Program. The program is a cooperation between the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center and the Women’s Imaging Center at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and supports early detection by offering free or reduced-price screening or diagnostic mammograms for those without insurance or with high deductibles, especially those who do not qualify for other assistance programs.

Screening mammograms detect cancer when it is most treatable, up to two years before a patient or physician can feel a lump. Early detection relates to greater cure rates. American College of Radiology recommends annual screening mammography beginning at age 40. Those interested in learning more about their eligibility to receive grant funding for their mammogram should contact Rebecca Hewson-Steller, RN, at 802-440-4244.

SVHC has benefited from the generosity of the VT-NH Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure since 2002. Previous funding has provided for the Women's Imaging Center, free screening for uninsured women, educational tools, outreach, and complimentary therapies.

About SVHC:

Southwestern Vermont Health Care is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices with offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a distinction it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org.

About Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure:

In 1980, Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became the Susan G. Komen® organization and the beginning of a global movement. What was started with $200 and a shoebox full of potential donor names has now grown into the world’s largest nonprofit source of funding for the fight against breast cancer. To date, the organization has invested more than $2.6 billion in groundbreaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 60 countries. Efforts helped reduce death rates from breast cancer by 37 percent (1990 – 2013) and have helped improve the five-year relative survival rate for early stage cancers in the United States from about 74 to 99 percent.