McLeod Regional Medical Center January 10, 2023
The ribbon to the new McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit was cut by (left to right) Will McLeod, Jeannette Glenn, Dr. Karen Hill, Dr. Shawn Conwell, Donna Isgett, Doris Lockhart, Shirley Meiere, Jill Bramblett, Joan Billheimer .
McLeod Health unveiled its new mobile mammography unit at a press conference and ribbon cutting on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.
McLeod Health President and CEO Donna Isgett welcomed news media, McLeod staff and McLeod Health Foundation donors to join the event celebrating the new McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit. “When we set out to fund our first mobile unit in 2006, we never imagined how well it would be received by the community. When it was necessary to ensure mobility throughout the region to provide services to women, donors to the McLeod Health Foundation once again responded to the call for help – in fact, more than 200 businesses and communities. Members Helped Purchase McLeod Mobile Mammography Units, Raising More Than $850,000 McLeod Health Offers Here for Life, Lives Saved Thanks to Donating Community and Mobile Units It’s been broken.”
Dr. Shawn Conwell, Medical Director of McLeod Breast Imaging, explained the impact mobile mammography units have on the community. “We are here today to celebrate the impact the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit has made on the region over the past 15 years. It was also the first digital mobile mammography unit, and since 2008 has screened more than 36,000 women and detected more than 165 cases of breast cancer in northeastern South Carolina.
“The importance of annual mammograms and early detection cannot be overstated. , the practice of monthly breast self-examination can reduce breast cancer deaths.Mammograms are valuable because they can identify breast abnormalities before they can be felt.In addition, early detection improves survival and treatment. It has been shown to increase the number of options for cancer, and if the cancer is caught early, the survival rate is over 95%,” Dr. Conwell added.
Following Dr. Conwell’s remarks, Will McLeod, CEO of McLeod Regional Medical Center said: Today, we celebrate the tremendous impact McLeod Mobile His Mammography His unit has made and will continue to make on the lives of our families, friends and neighbors. Celebration requires gratitude. Thank you to Dr. Conwell, Dr. Beth Kurilla and all the staff for working tirelessly to make this service available in our area. Thank you to the McLeod Health Foundation, donors, and members of its board of directors for your continued generosity and support for services like McLeod Health and Mobile his mammography unit. We would also like to thank all the companies and industries that have partnered with McLeod and scheduled annual visits to his mobile unit to provide life-saving health checkups for their employees over the past 15 years. increase. Together, we are making a meaningful difference in detecting breast cancer early and saving more lives. ”
Jill Bramblett, Executive Director of the McLeod Health Foundation, welcomed members of the Mobile Mammography Campaign Council and cut the ribbon with McLeod’s leadership. She concluded the event by saying: “I haven’t had a mammogram for her in 10 years,” said one of the teachers undergoing screening. Her words have taught us why it is important to provide this service to the community. The many lives saved by the previous and new mobile units would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts of the Mobile Mammography Unit Campaign Council and the McLeod Health Foundation donors and sponsors. thank you! “
Members of the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit Campaign Council included Chairman Dr. Karen Hill. Joan Billheimer, Beverly Hazelwood, Kimberly Hyman, Jill Lewis, Doris Lockhart, Shirley Meiere, April Munn, Charisse Reichenbach.