Published on May 24, 2011

Baptist-Affiliated Hospitals in Mississippi Receive Grant from Susan G. Komen Foundation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Susan G. Komen Foundation recently awarded a grant to Baptist Memorial Health Care's Mississippi regional hospitals: Baptist Memorial Hospital-Booneville, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle, Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi and Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. The $48,000 grant will be divided evenly with each hospital receiving $12,000.

The one-year grant will cover the cost of mammograms and other diagnostic services to medically underserved women in communities the hospitals serve.

According to the American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts & Figures 2010, 1,970 new cases of female breast cancer will be diagnosed in Mississippi, and approximately 400 women will die from the disease. More than 30 percent of the deaths from breast cancer in women more than 50 years of age are preventable through mammography screening. When caught early, 9 out of 10 women will survive breast cancer. Survival rates for breast cancer have steadily increased in women since 1990, thanks to earlier detection and improved treatment. Mammography screening also increases the chance of detecting breast cancer small enough to be treated by lumpectomy instead of mastectomy and decreases the need for chemotherapy.

"We are pleased to partner with the Susan G. Komen Foundation to offer women the diagnostic care they need," said Randy King, vice president and regional market leader for Baptist Memorial Health Care.

Baptist's four regional affiliate hospitals in Mississippi have more than 800 licensed beds and a variety of services, including 24-hour emergency care. Three hospitals offer labor and delivery services and two have open-heart surgery services. Several of these hospitals also have sleep disorders centers, cancer services and hospice care. For more information, please visit


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