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Novant Health Rowan Medical Center receives grant for free breast cancer screenings

SALISBURY, N.C. – Focused on a Cure, a local grant organization, awarded Novant Health Rowan Medical Center a $17,000 grant to provide free mammogram screenings and breast cancer education for uninsured or underinsured patients in the community.

This grant provides free mammograms at Novant Health Imaging located on the campus of the Novant Health Rowan Medical Park on Julian Road at 514 Corporate Circle in Salisbury, as well as through the center’s mobile mammography unit. Focus on a Cure has provided a total of $53,000 in grant funding since 2011. The grant also covers the cost of screenings for using the new 3-D mammogram technology, also known as tomosynthesis, which is used as a complement to standard digital mammography. It provides physicians with a more-detailed view of the breast to help identify potential problems that may not be visible on standard mammography.

Underinsured or uninsured patients ages 35 and up who reside in Rowan County are encouraged to receive a free screening with the grant’s funds.

“We are working to significantly decrease the number of breast cancer victims we lose every year from our community through early detection,” said Rick Parker, director of Novant Health Foundation Rowan Medical Center. “This year, our goal is to raise money for a new mobile unit that will include 3-D mammogram technology.”

According to the 2013 State of the County Health Report, the 2011 breast cancer mortality rate in Rowan County was 34 percent, well above the North Carolina state average of 26 percent.

Focused on a Cure, a grant organization founded by Irresistible Portraits Foundation, promotes breast cancer awareness through its Survivor Exhibit. The exhibit showcases images that tell the story of a breast cancer patient’s journey, and donates all funds back into the community through its grant process.

For more information, please call the foundation office at
704-210-6880. To schedule your mammogram, call 704-210-RRMC (704-210-7762) or visit NovantHealth.org/Pink.


About Novant Health
Novant Health is a four-state integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to our communities. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,200 physicians and 25,000 employees who make healthcare remarkable at nearly 500 locations, including 13 medical centers and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Novant Health is committed to making healthcare remarkable for patients and communities, serving more than 4 million patients annually. In 2014, Novant Health provided more than $639 million in community benefit including charity care and services. Novant Health is ranked as one of the nation’s top 20 integrated delivery networks by IMS Health.

Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016