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ECMC receives donation for Mobile Mammography Unit from Order of the Eastern Star

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation and the ECMC Lifeline Foundation recently accepted a contribution of $2,148.50 from the Order of the Eastern Star, State of New York, Niagara Orleans District, based in Lockport, New York, for breast cancer awareness to be applied toward costs for the Mobile Mammography Unit.

During her term of service, Linda R. Betts, Niagara Orleans District Deputy Grand Matron 2012, Order of The Eastern Star, State of New York, was asked to select a charity to fund for the 2011-2012 year. An ECMC patient since 2007, Ms. Betts chose to contribute on behalf of the Order of the Eastern Star toward Breast Cancer Awareness, while at the same time, the organization’s statewide project also raised funds for breast cancer awareness.

On July 18th, the Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation, First Niagara Financial Group and the Buffalo Sabres Alumni unveiled the Mobile Mammography Unit that conveys two digital mammography machines to underserved and under-tested women in all areas of Western New York.
With a combined $750,000 contribution from First Niagara Financial Corp., the Sabres Alumni Association, and the Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation, the clinical operations of the motor coach is managed by Amherst-based Western New York Breast Health, the practice of Dr. Vivian Lindfield, Medical Director, WNY Breast Health and ECMC Breast Services. The Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation, which contributed to the purchase and operations of the coach, owns and maintains the vehicle.

Western New York had the highest rate of new breast cancer in Upstate New York, according to a 2010 report. In addition, Upstate New York had a higher breast cancer death rate per 100,000 women in 2011 at 24.5 per year, than nationally, 24, statewide, 23.7, or in New York City, 23.9, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of WNY.

The Mobile Mammography Unit tours the inner-city as well as rural areas of the region. The 45-foot coach is parked at festivals, health fairs, churches, and community centers and other locations. All women are welcome for mammographies on the Mobile Unit. This includes those with insurance or those covered by Medicaid or Medicare, as well as the uninsured. Exams require a prescription, but women without a primary-care physician can obtain a script at the motor coach.

Appointments are necessary and patients can call 1-855-go4pink (464-7465). A current “Schedule of Mobile Mammography Vehicle Events” can be viewed on the www.ecmc.edu web site at: http://www.ecmc.edu/mammography/schedule.asp

ABOUT THE ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR: “Founded on the beliefs of charity, truth, and loving kindness, the Order of the Eastern Star is a fraternal organization comprised of both women and men.”

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