Cancer Institute Receives Grant from Susan G. Komen East TN to Increase Breast Health Services

The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute’s Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) is pleased to announce that [Susan G. Komen® East Tennessee has awarded $74,991 to the program. One of the goals of BHOP includes providing mobile mammography screenings to underserved women.

Susan G Komen East Tennessee logoSusan G. Komen East Tennessee has awarded $74,991 to The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute’s Breast Health Outreach Program. Goals of this program include providing mobile mammography screenings to underserved women.

“We are pleased that Susan G. Komen East Tennessee shares our mission and has chosen to support our programs,” said Dr. John L. Bell, Director of the Cancer Institute at UT Medical Center.

“The need is great in our communities and we are pleased to partner with programs like UTMC Cancer Institute’s Breast Health Outreach Program in our 16-county Knoxville region to provide vital services to those who need it most,” said Amy Dunaway, Executive Director of Komen East TN.

“The financial support from our organization serves as a safety-net for women in our service area by delivering services to women who would not be able to afford them,” said Dunaway. “At a time when state and federal dollars are being cut and demand for free or low-cost breast cancer services is high, we are proud to support a resource that makes an impact and saves lives.”

“At Komen East TN, we conducted a needs assessment of our community and discovered two areas of need: access to screening mammograms and breast diagnostic services for the uninsured and medically underserved and access to financial and other support services for patients in breast cancer treatment,” said Dunaway. “We are confident that through our grantees’ programs, these services will be available for those who need them in our service area.”

Komen East TN raises funds through events like its annual Knoxville Race for the Cure, scheduled Saturday, October 21, 2017 at World’s Fair Park. Knoxville’s Race for the Cure online registration and fundraising will open June 1 at www.KomenEastTN.org.

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Knoxville

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen East TN is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Knoxville Race for the Cure, Komen East TN has invested $9.7 million in community breast health programs in 24 East Tennessee counties and has helped contribute to the more than $889 million invested globally in research For more information, call (865) 588-0902 or visit www.komeneasttn.org.

For more Information                                                                                                                                For more information on the medical center’s Breast Health Outreach Program, please call 865-305-9753. The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the region’s only hospital to achieve status as a Magnet recognized organization, is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 581-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online at www.utmedicalcenter.org.

About UT Medical Center

The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center, the region’s only hospital to achieve status as a Magnet recognized organization, is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 609-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online at www.utmedicalcenter.org.