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Published on October 20, 2010

Breast-cancer screenings provided to women in need

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Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544

Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505

MONTEREY, Calif. —For two decades, Community Hospital's Breast Care Center has had a special fund to provide free screening mammograms to women who couldn't afford them — and found cancers that could otherwise have gone undetected. Now, the Breast Care Center has taken a significant step forward with a fund to help pay for more advanced screenings for women in need.

Since Oct. 1, the start of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Breast Care Center has offered funds for more comprehensive diagnostics through the Carol Hatton Fund for Women in Need. The fund is named for a Community Hospital employee who was a leader in raising awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. She died of the disease in 2009.

The Hatton fund follows in the tradition of the Sherry Cockle Memorial Endowment Fund, established in 1990 by the Ueberroth Family Foundation with matching funds from Monterey Peninsula Foundation. The fund honors Peter Ueberroth's former assistant, who died of cancer. Through it, more than 1,000 women have received free mammograms — and cancers have been detected and treated as a result.

"We have done 110 free screening mammograms this year alone and diagnosed 3 cancers," says Jan Dunn, supervisor of the Breast Care Center. "These cancers would have gone undetected without this valuable financial assistance."

The level of use demonstrates the community need filled by the Cockle fund, and now the Hatton fund takes it to the next level. When a lump is found or a screening mammogram

turns up something suspicious, advanced diagnostics are required, and the Hatton fund offers financial assistance.

With both funds, Community Hospital radiologists donate their time to read the imaging results.

The Hatton fund was started with a $30,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation and has now grown to more than $350,000, thanks to a fundraising effort by the Breast Care Center Initiative, led by a group of community women. The goal is to raise $500,000.

During October, contributions may be made by going online at

www.chomp.org and clicking on the pink ribbon that says "Give a mammogram." Contributions may be made anytime by clicking on "Make a donation" or calling 625-4506. More information about the funds is also available online. To qualify for assistance, women must meet certain income requirements."The generosity of the Ueberroth family and of our community has made a difference in women's lives for years when it comes to breast cancer detection," Dunn says. "With continued support, and the inauguration of the Hatton fund, we expect to provide care and peace of mind to even more women."

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, marking its 75

th anniversary this year, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula athttp://www.chomp.org/