Takoma Regional Hospital, Other Wellmont Facilities Earn $50,000 in Grants from Komen East Tennessee

April 17, 2017

Wellmont Health System’s ability to enhance breast health in the region has received a boost with an infusion of additional funds from Susan G. Komen® East Tennessee.

The national organization, a leader in the fight against breast cancer, has awarded $25,000 to Takoma Regional Hospital’s Diagnostic Center for Women’s Health in the newest grant cycle and another $25,000 for Wellmont’s breast centers in Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City.

This is the first time Takoma Regional has received a grant from Komen, and Tammy Albright, the hospital’s president, said the facility applied for the funds before Wellmont became the sole owner of Takoma Regional in January.

Now that the money has been secured, Takoma Regional looks forward to using it to help people in the community in a meaningful way, she said.

“We are thrilled to have received these funds and are grateful we will be able to positively impact the well-being of women,” Albright said. “It is imperative for women to be proactive about their breast health and participate in beneficial screenings that can detect potential health issues at an early stage when more treatment options are available. With these funds, we will be able to partner with women who need financial assistance to access these beneficial tools.”

The grant money will cover a 3-D screening mammogram for uninsured women and those whose insurance will not cover the full cost. These funds will also pay the cost for some diagnostic procedures, such as breast MRI, breast ultrasound, breast ultrasound biopsy and stereotactic biopsy.

Those who are interested in receiving assistance for mammograms and diagnostic procedures should call Ann Williams, Takoma Regional’s breast nurse navigator, at 423-278-1923.

The funding Komen allocated to Wellmont Foundation for the health system’s Comprehensive Breast Center at the Holston Valley Outpatient Center on the Eastman Outpatient Campus in Kingsport, the Leonard Family Comprehensive Breast Center at Bristol Regional Medical Center and the Wellmont Breast Center in Johnson City continues a longtime connection between the organizations. Wellmont has received Komen grants for about 10 years and will use this year’s to provide routine screening mammograms for nearly 200 women.

As is the case with Takoma Regional, Wellmont will be able to provide financial assistance for the uninsured and underinsured with the grant.

“Komen has provided valuable assistance to our breast centers, which has enabled us to serve our patients even more effectively,” said Sue Lindenbusch, senior vice president of the Wellmont Cancer Institute. “We want women to be vigilant about their breast health and avail themselves to screenings such as mammograms, which can provide them peace of mind or enable them to address any findings as expeditiously as possible. This grant plays an important role in empowering women to take charge of their health.”

Women who are interested in using some of these grant funds should contact their local health department to apply.

The breast centers in Kingsport and Bristol are accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers through the American College of Surgeons and have been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. These facilities and the breast center in Johnson City are also accredited by the American College of Radiology.

The women’s health center at Takoma Regional is accredited by the American College of Radiology in mammography, breast ultrasound and stereotactic breast biopsy.

Komen East Tennessee raises funds through events such as its annual Race for the Cure®, which is scheduled in the Tri-Cities for Saturday, May 13, at Memorial Park, 1625 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport. Online registration and fundraising is open and available at www.KomenEastTN.org.