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Date:
6/1/2013
Title:
Sacred Heart Hospital Receives Susan G. Komen Grant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 1, 2013

Abby Barlok

Publications Specialist

610-776-4590

abarlok@shh.org

SACRED HEART HOSPITAL RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE PHILADELPHIA AFFILIATE OF SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE® TO EMPOWER LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER

Sacred Heart Hospital is one of 31 Komen Philadelphia grantees benefiting from nearly $2 million distributed to advance breast cancer education, support, screening and treatment programs in 2013 – 2014.

ALLENTOWN, PA – June 5, 2013 – Susan G. Komen Philadelphia recently announced the awarding of grants to thirty-one organizations to advance critical and life-saving breast cancer education, early detection and treatment in 2013-2014.  The grantee group represents some of the finest healthcare, community and family service organizations from throughout the Komen Philadelphia’s fifteen-county service areas, and offers broad outreach in terms of ethnicity, income level, age and lifestyle.  For the 2013-2014 grant period, Komen Philadelphia distributed $1,794,619 in grants – a direct result of Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure fundraising – to support breast health education, awareness, screening, treatment and support projects specifically targeting low-income, uninsured women. 

Sacred Heart Hospital received a screening/treatment grant from the Komen Philadelphia Community Grants Program to fund its program, Allentown’s BBC, Beating Breast Cancer, which is an outreach education and screening program of the Parish Nursing/Community Outreach Department of Sacred Heart Hospital.  This comprehensive program, in collaboration with the Allentown Health Bureau and the Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley provides culturally appropriate education to meet the breast health needs of 1,500 uninsured women in Lehigh County.  Clinical Breast Exams (CBE) will be provided by the Sacred Heart Hospital Obstetric/Gynecology Clinic.  The hospital will also provide 400 screening mammograms, 144 diagnostic mammograms and 80 diagnostic ultrasounds. All of these services are provided at no cost to the women through this grant funding.

'Our community grants program focuses on saving lives today from this horrible disease, while at the same time establishing foundations that better the odds for future generations to survive breast cancer,' said Elaine I. Grobman, Chief Executive Officer of Susan G. Komen Philadelphia.  'The education, awareness and life-long sources of support and empowerment provided by many of our grantees lay those foundations so that more and more people can, in essence, gain the upper hand…through, for example, understanding the importance of early detection, risk factors, and taking immediate action if anything is irregular.  These types of outreach programs are complimented by the screening and treatment grantees who assure women right here, right now have access to the services they need to detect breast cancer early as possible and, if needed, face a diagnosis with the best possible care. 

'While the economy is slowly recovering, the fact remains that budgets for causes like ours are still tight or non existent, while we’ve seen a drastic increase in need for our services and those of our grantees due to downsizing, lay-offs and cutting of benefits that occurred during the past few years,' said Grobman.  'Every dollar is critical for us to meet the need and save lives.' 

Komen Philadelphia 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: Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties, PA; Camden County, NJ; and Kent, New Castle and Sussex counties, DE. 

The Affiliate’s rigorous grantee selection process assures funded programs uphold the integrity of the Komen name and meet the needs of diverse communities throughout its service area.  In total, the programs funded by 2013-2014 Komen Philadelphia Affiliate grants are expected to accomplish the following:

• Referral mammograms: 6,400

• Screening mammograms performed: 4,399

• Diagnostic services performed: 1,949

• Clinical breast exams: 3,930

• Outreach contacts: 24,355

• Education contacts: 8,715

• Treatment assistance provided to breast cancer patients in need: 347

A complete list of 2013-2014 grantees, grant type and funded program for each is available at KomenPhiladelphia.org/communitygrants.

The grant money is a result of Komen Philadelphia Affiliate fund-raising efforts throughout 2012, the biggest contributor being the 22nd annual Susan G. Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. 

About Susan G. Komen Philadelphia

The Komen Philadelphia Affiliate is part of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.  Serving 15 counties including Philadelphia and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, all three counties of Delaware and Camden County, New Jersey, in the past 23 years, since the first Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure, the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate has distributed over $51 million in grants to local organizations, funded approximately 135,000 mammograms for women in need in its service area, and contributed approximately $21 million to breast cancer research. 

About Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital is a 215-bed Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, PA. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services ranging from obstetrics to bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, rehabilitation and behavioral health services. A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is nationally recognized in case management, as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and its Transitional Care Facility was granted a Five-Star rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sacred Heart Hospital earned Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission as well as the Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program. Additional information is available at www.shh.org.