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Mammography unit unveiled

on Tuesday, 17 January 2023. Posted in Local News

Shown, from left to right, are Will McLeod, Jeannette Glenn, Dr. Karen Hill, Dr. Shawn Conwell, Donna Isgett, Doris Lockhart, Shirley Meiere, Jill Bramblett and Joan Billheimer.

McLeod Health cuts ribbon on state-of-the-art screening unit

      McLeod Health unveiled its new mobile mammography unit on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

     “When we set out to raise the funds for the first mobile unit in 2006, we never imagined how well it would be received by the community,” said Donna Isgett, president and CEO of McLeod Health. “Fifteen years later when this incredible resource needed to be replaced so it could reliably travel throughout the region to offer this special service to women, once again donors to the McLeod Health Foundation responded to the call for help. In fact, more than 200 businesses and community members contributed to the purchase of the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit, helping us raise more than $850,000. At McLeod Health, we are “Here for Life” and we have seen lives saved thanks to our giving community and the mobile unit.”

       Dr. Shawn Conwell, medical director of McLeod Breast Imaging, addressed the community impact of the mobile mammography unit.

        “We are here today to celebrate the impact the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit has had on this region during the past 15 years,” said Conwell. “We first put the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit on the road in January 2008. It was also the first digital mobile mammography unit in the state. Since 2008, we have screened more than 36,000 women across the northeastern region of South Carolina and detected more than 165 cases of breast cancer.

           “The importance of annual mammograms and early detection cannot be underscored enough. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer deaths could be lowered if women age 40 and older had an annual mammogram, an annual breast exam by a physician, and practiced monthly breast self-exams. A mammogram is valuable because it can identify breast abnormalities before they can be felt. In addition, it has been shown that early detection increases survival and treatment options. When cancers are detected early, survival rates are better than 95 percent.”

      Conwell’s remarks were followed by those of Will McLeod, CEO of McLeod Regional Medical Center.

     “Thank you for coming this morning to help us celebrate a service that is helping members of our community see more mornings like this,” said Isgett. “Today, we celebrate the tremendous impact that the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit has made and will continue to make in the lives of our family, friends and neighbors. That celebration requires some thank yous. Thank you to Dr. Conwell, Beth Kurilla and all of the staff that work tirelessly to ensure that this service is available in our region. Thank you to the McLeod Health Foundation, donors and its board members for your continued generosity and support of McLeod Health and services like the mobile mammography unit. We also thank all of the businesses and industries who have partnered with McLeod and scheduled the mobile unit for annual visits to provide this lifesaving health screening for their employees over the past 15 years. Together, we are making a meaningful difference in the early detection of breast cancer and saving more lives.” Members of the McLeod Mobile Mammography Unit Campaign Council included Dr. Karen Hill, Chair; Joan Billheimer, Beverly Hazelwood, Kimberly Hyman, Jill Lewis, Doris Lockhart, Shirley Meiere, April Munn and Charisse Reichenbach.

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