Auxiliary Donates $150,000 to Mobile Mammography Service

UT Medical Center Auxiliary presenting check to Mobile Mammogram ServiceThe University of Tennessee Medical Center Auxiliary presented the medical center’s Cancer Institute with a check for $150,000 to support the services provided by its Mobile Mammography Service. The Auxiliary raises money throughout the year by hosting a variety of events and initiatives, as well as gift shop sales. The group then determines which medical center programs or departments to support based on need.

 “As the volunteer group within the medical center, we are inspired every day, in every hallway, and on every floor by the great work of our physicians and team members,” said Rusty Jackson, president of the UT Medical Center Auxiliary. “We chose to support the Cancer Institute and its Mobile Mammography Service because we understand and have observed the importance and impact this program has on women and families across East Tennessee.”

This gift supports the purchase of 3D digital mammography equipment that will provide new screening tools to improve the early detection of breast cancer. With the installation of the new breast imaging equipment, The UT Medical Center Mobile Mammography Service will be the first in the region to offer this type of mobile service to the East Tennessee region.

“Our Mobile Mammography Unit is traveling six days a week to the 21 counties we serve in East Tennessee,” said Dr. John L. Bell, director of the Cancer Institute. “Funding support, like what we received from the medical center’s Auxiliary, allows us to continue traveling the region and providing mammograms to both insured and uninsured women who may not otherwise have access to this type of screening service.”

Since 2009, this unit has conducted more than 22,000 screenings and has diagnosed numerous women with breast cancer. The UT Medical Center Auxiliary’s gift of $150,000 is the first in an initiative to raise $1 million to replace the current mobile unit and update other technology and mammography equipment to ensure a continuation of best-in-class service to the region.

The Mobile Mammography Service, and other Breast Health Outreach Programs, are unique grant and philanthropic-funded programs providing essential breast health services including education and regular breast cancer screenings to women across the region. The medical center began offering mobile mammography services in the late 1980s.