Grand River Hospital Foundation announces successful completion of $500,000 Mammography Campaign
KITCHENER, Ontario April 16, 2014 Grand River Hospital Foundation has successfully completed its $500,000 fundraising campaign to fund a third full field digital mammography machine for the Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre (WWBC) at Grand River Hospital’s Freeport Site.
The campaign was completed with a leadership gift of $125,000 from the Grand River Hospital Volunteer Association (GRHVA). “We are grateful to the GRHVA as well as many community donors for their generous support of this equipment” said Ron Caudle, chair of Grand River Hospital Foundation.
The GRHVA compliments and enhances patient care, and provides financial support generated from their gift shops, stores and their Tim Hortons franchise. Ken Cressman, President of the GRH Volunteer Association said “we are pleased to support the great work of the Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre through this gift.”
Currently, the WWBC operates its programs with two full field digital mammography machines. However, a third mammography machine is required to reduce wait times and meet the needs of women in our community. Digital full field mammography is the gold standard in breast screening and assessment, providing high quality images, reduced radiation for patients, and user-friendly technology for front-line clinicians.
The WWBC has proven to be a trusted leader in the care of women from our region, and promotion of breast health. Nancy Silcox of New Hamburg who has used both the screening and assessment services at the WWBC said “with the area’s most sophisticated equipment and the most knowledgeable staff, why would anyone trust their breast health to anyone else?”
The third mammography machine will be purchased by the hospital over the next year.
About GRH’s Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre
Supporting the work of GRH’s regional cancer programs is the Waterloo Wellington Breast Centre (WWBC) located at the hospital’s Freeport Site.
According to the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP), breast cancer continues to be the most common form of cancer for women in Ontario. Mammography (breast x-ray) remains the best screening tool for most women.
Serving more than 13,000 women annually, the WWBC offers the Ontario Breast Screening Program with state-of-the-art screening equipment. The purpose of OBSP is to encourage early detection of breast cancer by screening women 50 years of age and over with routine mammograms every two years.
In addition to screening services, the WWBC is also home to the breast diagnostic assessment program (DAP). Women with a new breast lump or abnormal mammogram screening who qualify for the DAP are provided with a seamless one-day service giving them access to health care providers specializing in breast imaging, ultrasound, and breast biopsy guided by mammography or ultrasound. Care providers include breast surgeons, radiologists and imaging technologists.