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Under the direction of Amy Hansen, MCH Foundation Chair, and Molly Dahlgren, the Foundation's Director, a small committee was assembled to put a plan in place to raise money for this equipment. The Foundation kicked off the campaign with a $43,000 donation. Through fundraising efforts such as t-shirt and handbag raffle ticket sales, an Ugly Sweater 5K Walk/Run, Dining to Donate, and many other activities, the group worked hard not only to raise money, but also to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer and the enhanced technology of 3D mammography.
Proceeds from annual hospital events, such as the Auxiliary's Rummage Sale, the Tree of Life campaign, and the Auxiliary's Winter Gala, were all given to this fundraising campaign as were private donations from community members, businesses and organizations, and the hospital medical staff. Hospital employees also saved receipts from a local grocery store who in return donated back to the campaign. Nearly half of the cost of the 3D machine was raised through these efforts, with the remaining amount being donated by the hospital and the Foundation.
The 3D mammography machine was ordered at the end of March and is expected to arrive in July. Upon its arrival, training will begin. The diagnostic team hopes to be ready and prepared to use the enhanced technology just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.
Memorial Community Hospital & Health System, located at 810 North 22 Street, has been serving the residents of Burt and Washington Counties for 60 years. The hospital, and its network of outreach clinics, continues to heal, nurture and promote health by proactively identifying and meeting the needs of these communities.