White River Health System (WRHS) in Batesville received a grant for $17,700 from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Arkansas. The grant continues the WRHS Get Your Mammogram (GYM) Project.. With this grant, WRHS and the physicians of North Arkansas Radiology will continue to provide potentially life-saving mammography screenings and breast health services to women in North Central Arkansas who are uninsured or underinsured.
The GYM Project provides free screening and diagnostic mammography, ultrasounds, and ultrasound guided needle biopsies. The program primarily serves women ages 40 to 64 who cannot afford mammography services and are not covered by commercial insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, or Arkansas BreastCare. Younger women may also qualify if their physician determines they have a significant clinical risk or family history of breast cancer. Those who cannot afford an office visit to a family physician for a clinical breast exam and mammography referral may also qualify for an office visit at no cost.
Komen mammograms are available to patients based on funding availability and patient qualification at the WRMC Medical Complex Cherokee Village, Stone County Medical Center, and White River Medical Center. Women interested in taking advantage of free mammograms provided by WRHS and Komen are encouraged to speak with Jami Smotherman at 870-262-6200 to see if they qualify. Patients are asked to fill out an application and fax the form to (870) 262-6216. Once the application has been approved, the patient will be scheduled for their mammogram.
WRHS is a not-for-profit healthcare system serving residents throughout North Central Arkansas. The system includes hospitals, outpatient facilities, primary care and specialty physician office practices, and senior life centers. WRHS is a member of the Premier Alliance, the American Hospital Association, and the Arkansas Hospital Association and licensed by the Arkansas Department of Health.
Komen for the Cure was established as the Komen Foundation in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Thanks to more than 75,000 volunteers dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, Komen for the Cure with its Affiliate Network is the world’s largest private funder of community-based breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment programs. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and donors, Komen for the Cure has raised over one billion dollars for the fight against breast cancer.