SOMC receives grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure

For the fifth year in a row, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded the Southern Ohio Medical Center Cancer Center with funding to support the Hands of Hope grant program. The grant is for $64,165.

“We are pleased and honored to receive this support from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Their continued support is making a difference in the lives of so many people,” Wendi Waugh, SOMC’s Administrative Director of Cancer Services, said. “With this grant, we will be able to offer invaluable care and support to our patients here in southern Ohio.”

The Susan G. Komen grant provides a Breast Health Navigator, who guides patients through breast diagnostic testing and oncology treatment, while also providing general breast health education. Through the grant, SOMC also provides screening mammograms to eligible uninsured or underinsured women.

Eligibility of an uninsured woman is determined by income level, as well as whether or not the individual currently has health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid. Income can be no greater than 200 percent above Federal Poverty Guidelines to qualify.

“Mammography and biopsy services are provided only for as long as funding remains,” Waugh said. “For that reason, we ask our patients to coordinate services with our Breast Health Navigator before they are performed.”

The SOMC Cancer Center is located at 1121 Kinney’s Lane in Portsmouth. For more information, contact Breast Health Navigator Kimberlee Richendollar at 740-356-7465.