Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital Launches Pink Allegan to Provide Free Mammograms Year Round for Uninsured and Underinsured
Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital has participated with the Southwest Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Pink Saturday program for the past four years providing free mammograms for the underinsured or uninsured.
“Pink Saturdays is such a great concept,” explained Julie Kendall, Radiology Manager at Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital. “Unfortunately, it is only for the month of October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and there is such a need in our community. So we asked ourselves, would it be possible to offer such a program for the entire year?”
Through the help of the Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation, Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital is launching a new program called Pink Allegan. Pink Allegan will provide free screening mammograms for female residents of Allegan County between the ages of 40 – 64, who are uninsured or underinsured that haven’t had a mammogram in the last 12 months.
“Our goal is to help those in need and promote wellness in the community,” said Kendall. “We don’t want ladies to put off having such a lifesaving screening because they are going through a difficult time financially.”
In 2012, an estimated 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women, exceeded only by lung cancer.
The good news is that breast cancer is a disease that can be treated and cured, especially when diagnosed early. Mammograms are among the best early detection methods, detecting a breast lump an average of 1.7 years before it can be detected by self-examination. The ACS recommends that women receive an annual mammogram beginning at 40 years of age.
The hospital is working very closely with other area agencies to make sure provisions are in place to assist in any necessary follow up care.
“We are very excited to be launching Pink Allegan,” said Brent Larson, Executive Director of the Ascension Borgess Allegan Foundation. “To be able to provide peace of mind and even to save lives, that’s what this is all about.”
Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital offers state-of-the-art digital mammography. Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer. This process enables patients to experience shorter exam times. Digital mammograms are also better at detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, or who are pre- or peri-menopausal.
Call AGH’s Radiology department at 269.686.4210 Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to find out if you are eligible to participate in the Pink Allegan program. Other imaging services offered through AGH’s Radiology Department include MRI, CT scan, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Cardiac Stress Testing, Bone Density and X-Ray.
Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital is a community hospital that focuses on providing exceptional, compassionate and personalized healthcare to the community it serves. The hospital recently received a Michigan
Rural Health Quality Improvement Award and has been named two years in a row by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare. Allegan General provides a wide range of healthcare services, including diabetes education, surgery, sleep center, emergency, physical rehabilitation and mental health. For more information about the hospital, visit www.allegangeneral.org.