Memorial Hospital Receives Breast Health Grant

Kim Strong & Thad Minaldi
Kim Strong & Thad Minaldi

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital's Breast Health Center recently received a $12,500 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana to provide no-cost mammography screenings for medically underserved and medically uninsured women and men in southwest Louisiana.

"These funds will help remove financial obstacles to mammograms for those not covered by state or federal funding sources," said Kim Strong, director of the Breast Health Center at Memorial.

Dedicated to the prevention, education, early detection and treatment of breast cancer in patients from throughout southwest Louisiana, the Breast Health Center offers diagnostic services in a comfortable, private and supportive environment.

"As a concerned corporate citizen, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Louisiana through the investment of resources in the communities it serves," said Ann Knapp, a Lake Charles native who serves on the board of directors for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

"Blue Cross seeks opportunities that support the health, education and wellness needs of the community, and we are delighted to support breast health services in the Lake Charles area," local attorney and Blue Cross and Blue Shield board member Thad Minaldi commented.

Referrals into the no-cost mammography program can be made through the Southwest Louisiana Center for Health Services, Calcasieu Community Clinic, and Urgent Care, or through the patient's personal physician. For more information on eligibility criteria, contact Memorial's Breast Health Center at (337) 480-7444.