From Methodist Health System Foundation President Jim Johnston,
“For more than 30 years, Methodist Health System’s Breast Health Outreach program has been a cornerstone of our mission to improve and save lives through compassionate, quality healthcare, bringing vital breast health services to uninsured and underinsured women in our community. Generous grants from Susan G. Komen Dallas County have provided nearly $4 million in awareness, education, screening and treatment for underserved women in Dallas County. A 2017 Komen study showed disproportionate breast cancer mortality rates in southern Dallas County cities, more than anywhere else in the region. In 2018, Komen awarded its largest regional grant of $199,872 to the Methodist Dallas Breast Health Outreach program which provided screening mammograms to 714 underserved women and diagnostic services to 276 others.
“In 2017, thanks to the generosity of the David B. Miller Family Foundation, Methodist Dallas introduced a new mobile mammography unit which has already provided screening mammograms to over 1,000 women. Two of these women were diagnosed with breast cancer and able to access the treatment they need.
“‘The generous dollars from Susan G. Komen have provided unprecedented access for so many women. allowing them to get mammograms many previously had not. In some cases, those screenings detected cancer and the patients were able to see specialists and begin receiving treatment,’ says Allison Vo, Director of Oncology Services, Methodist Dallas Medical Center. ‘In addition, our new mobile mammography unit meets patients where they are: churches, businesses, and community events. Because of these charitable gifts, Methodist is able to live out its mission, improving and saving lives with compassionate, quality care, in the communities that need it most.’
“Screening and diagnosis are the first steps, but treatment is critical. That’s why the Methodist Health System Foundation is currently raising $3.5 million to create a new specialized cancer unit at Methodist Charlton Medical Center in far southern Dallas that will treat up to 700 patients a year. Proceeds from the 2018 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award honoring State Senator Royce West will support this project.
“Thank you to the many Methodist friends and donors for helping provide necessary access and treatment so that more North Texans live longer, healthier lives. For more information, click here.”
* Graphic and photo provided by Methodist Health System Foundation