Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation raising funds to purchase digital mammogram machine
Since Diane “Di” Boyer became the new director of development for the Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation at the end of June, she’s been hard at work with the foundation board of directors to remind community citizens that their donations can make a difference in the lives of area patients.
“Flaget has always had a strong culture of philanthropy,” Boyer said. “For 60 years this community has been so generous. The foundation board is very grateful for this support. We want to do everything we can to provide the best for our patients and create a healthier community.”
Currently the foundation is raising funds to bring digital mammography to Flaget Memorial. This will be a significant project that will involve collaboration within the community. This capital campaign will need individual, corporate, and grant-funded gifts of all sizes.
The new digital system will be purchased because it offers advanced technology, according to Flaget Director of Imaging Services Kelly Boone.
“Digital mammography transfers images to a computer so they can be electronically enhanced,” Boone said. “Using digital, your doctor can zoom in, magnify and optimize different parts of the breast tissue image. It gives the physician viewing options not possible with older systems.”
Among its benefits, “digital mammography offers shorter, more comfortable exam times, faster results, fewer retakes and better image quality,” Boone said. “In addition, radiologists can easily transmit an image to another facility via the Internet, saving time and allowing faster information flow to benefit the patient.”
Total cost for the equipment, hardware, software and construction is estimated at about $305,000. Donations to the mammography project can be made online at www.flaget.com. Donors can also call Boyer at the foundation office at 502-350-5058. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“This is a great way to help your community,” Boyer said. “It’s tax-deductible. And the best part is, 100 percent of the money donated stays right here.”
Flaget Memorial Hospital is a member of the Saint Joseph Hospital System, and also of the Catholic Health Initiatives nationwide hospital organization.