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Sutter Women’s Imaging Gives Free Mammograms to 74 Uninsured Women

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Cancer, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Foundation | 0 comments

Breast Cancer Navigator Mary Pare, R.N., CBCN, consults with Alexis Genung during Free Mammography Day.

Breast Cancer Navigator Mary Pare, R.N., CBCN, consults with Alexis Genung during Free Mammography Day.

SACRAMENTO – Sutter Women’s Imaging, Capitol Pavilion, located at 2725 Capitol Ave. on the Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento campus, gave uninsured women the opportunity to receive free digital screening mammograms on Oct. 12 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Seventy-four women were seen during this free screening session.

Women will receive their results from Sutter within several days after their visit. Sutter will work to connect women who have an abnormal result to local not-for-profit agencies with which Sutter regularly partners so patients may take next steps and receive follow-up care.

As an additional resource for patients, Sutter invited volunteers from federally qualified health center WellSpace Health to help educate women about other various community resources and services available to them. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Breast Cancer Navigator, Mary Pare, R.N., CBCN, was also on site to answer questions from women about overall breast health.

Sutter’s Free Mammography Day was spearheaded at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital in 2009, where in two years’ time about 70 uninsured women were given free mammograms. Inspired by the feedback and success of the program, Sutter Diagnostic Imaging expanded it to its other locations in Davis, Elk Grove, Roseville and Sacramento in 2011, and even farther to Fairfield, Jackson and Vallejo in 2012. Sutter Health’s diagnostic imaging centers across the Sacramento region are dedicating every Saturday in October to offer free digital screening mammograms to uninsured women more than 40 years of age. Each of the sites quickly booked up as soon as the service was announced.

Comprehensive, fully integrated imaging services are part of the Sutter Health all-inclusive approach to patient care. For more information about Sutter Diagnostic Imaging centers, call 877-515-0053 or visit www.checksutterfirst.org/imaging.