Prescott, AZ: A ceremony will be held at Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, October 4th. The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott and the Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation will jointly announce the creation of the Community BreastCare Fund at YRMC. The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial assistance for screening mammograms for women without insurance coverage. In addition, the Fund will cover expenses for printed materials concerning breast care health issues to be distributed throughout the community.
There is a critical need for such a program in the tri-cities area. Recent 2010 census data indicates that 49% of all women in the community are over the age of 44, an age when screening mammograms are frequently recommended. According to the County Health Rankings report developed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Yavapai County has the highest rate of uninsured adults, 26%, of any county in Arizona. This means that one in four women in the breast cancer risk age group in the Quad-Cities area does not have insurance coverage for breast cancer screening. The early detection of breast cancer is the key to successful treatment for this cancer that affects one woman in eight. By establishing the Fund, The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott and the Yavapai Regional Medical Center Foundation have removed any cost barrier that might prevent a woman from seeking this important screening procedure.
“We are so pleased to partner with the Jewish Community Foundation to tend to the needs of women throughout our community. We hope that other philanthropic organizations and foundations will also contribute to this worthwhile ‘gift’ to the community.” said hospital CEO Tim Barnett.
For more information about YRMC’s BreastCare Center and its services, please contact Nancy Ledoyen, Patient Navigator, at 442-8900. To learn more about the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott and its planned giving programs, call 928-717-0016 or visit online at www.jcfgp.org.