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Grand Itasca Foundation Plays Part In Bringing 3D Mammography Close To Home

5/9/2018

Grand Rapids, MN – On May 16th, Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital will provide its first patients the opportunity to choose 3D mammography when they are in for this life saving screening. The new technology means greater image detail and reduced callbacks. 3D mammography improves the rate of cancer detection and also decreases the chances of having to repeat tests, meaning fewer false-positive results and unnecessary invasive procedures. The updated equipment, along with a staff of mammography technologists with over 50 years of combined experience, on-site radiologists, surgeons and a new cancer clinic and infusion center, means patients have access to a full continuum of care, close to home.

 

Grand Rapids, MN – On May 16th, Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital will provide its first patients the opportunity to choose 3D mammography when they are in for this life saving screening. The new technology means greater image detail and reduced callbacks. 3D mammography improves the rate of cancer detection and also decreases the chances of having to repeat tests, meaning fewer false-positive results and unnecessary invasive procedures. The updated equipment, along with a staff of mammography technologists with over 50 years of combined experience, on-site radiologists, surgeons and a new cancer clinic and infusion center, means patients have access to a full continuum of care, close to home.

3D mammography at Grand Itasca was made possible largely because of a $240,000 grant from Grand Itasca Foundation, which covers about half of the cost for the new equipment. “We are excited to be a part of this wonderful project. Our mission is to support projects that improve and enhance patient care at Grand Itasca and this is exactly what 3D mammography is all about. We are investing in equipment and technology so that our staff can continue to provide the highest quality of care for patients in our community,” says Kelly Kirwin, Director of Grand Itasca Foundation.

Kirwin continues, “In 2010, Grand Itasca Foundation approved one of our largest grants of almost $500,000 to bring digital mammography to Grand Itasca. Then in 2017, Grand Itasca Foundation, in partnership with our entire community, raised over $2 million through the Close to Home capital campaign, which brought a full-service cancer clinic and 12-bay infusion center to Grand Itasca. So now, in 2018, our board is proud to play a part in bringing the latest in breast imaging technology to Grand Itasca. On behalf of all of our generous donors who make this work possible, we are honored to be a part of another incredible project for our community.”

“We feel very fortunate to have historically been supported by the Foundation. Their investments allow us to continue to care for our patients in the best way that we know how.” says Jeanette Olson, Imaging Manager. “Our patients speak so highly of our mammography technologists. We receive so many compliments from patients about how comfortable our staff makes them feel. Our techs are genuinely proud of our patients when they come in for their mammogram because they know early detection is our patient’s best medicine. 3D mammography is exciting for our staff because we know that we are using the most advanced technology when caring for our patients.”

“Our teams have been working very hard to bring this technology to Grand Itasca, so we are excited that starting on May 16th, patients will have access to 3D mammography,” says Melissa Walters, Sr. Director of Ancillary Services and Grand Itasca Foundation Board member. “This equipment will complement the already wonderful care our patients receive here. 3D mammography will provide higher quality images for our on-site radiologists to review. And when necessary, our patients have access to our experienced surgeons and oncologist right here at Grand Itasca. As a Foundation board member and senior director at Grand Itasca, I strongly believe that 3D mammography is the right investment for our staff and patients.”

Invest in yourself and schedule your wellness exams today. The American Cancer Society recommends that women with average risk for breast cancer should start annual breast cancer screening as earlier as the age of 40. Your doctor can help determine the right mammogram schedule for you. Call 218-326-7344 to schedule an appointment for your mammogram today.

Kelly Kirwin, Grand Itasca Foundation Director (third from left) and Melissa Walters, VP of Ancillary Services and Grand Itasca Foundation Board Member (second from left) present a check in the amount of $240,000 to Jeanette Olson, Imaging Manager (first on left) and mammography technicians (left to right) Kim Morse, Vikki Pavlovich and Kristin Kaldahl to fund 3D mammography at Grand Itasca.

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