Breast Care Center being renamed to honor Carol Hatton
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Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544
MONTEREY, Calif. — Carol Hatton’s commitment to fighting breast cancer is being recognized through the rededication of Community Hospital’s Breast Care Center in her name.
At a ceremony on October 1, the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the center will officially become the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center. As a senior development officer at Community Hospital, Hatton was the force behind a fund-raising campaign that started in 2008 and quickly raised $2.5 million to bring digital diagnostic equipment to the center. After the goal was reached, a fund bearing her name was started to pay for diagnostic breast care for local women who can’t afford it.
“Carol lost her own battle with breast cancer in 2009, but she has left a legacy that will help others continue the fight,” says Steven Packer, MD, president and CEO of Community Hospital. “We are grateful for Carol’s work and proud to be able to honor her in this way.”
The digital diagnostic equipment paid for through the campaign ensures that women in the region have access to the best technology available. The Carol Hatton Fund for Women in Need ensures that local women have access to that care, even if they don’t have the means to pay for it. Funds for both were raised through the Breast Care Initiative, led by a group of eight women who share Hatton’s commitment to early detection and top-level treatment.
“Everyone who knew Carol Hatton knows how much she loved and contributed to the Monterey Peninsula community,” says Laurie Benjamin, who co-chaired the initiative committee with Suzanne Lehr and is a member of Community Hospital’s Board of Trustees. “That Carol contributed so much to others even while fighting her own battle is a perfect example of who she was and what she stood for. This tribute and the Carol Hatton Fund for Women in Need provide an ongoing way to not only recognize and honor Carol, but also to continue those contributions to the community.”
Hatton’s husband, David Hatton, and their two daughters, Brynn Hatton and Lindsay Hatton McClelland, will be among those gathering for the renaming ceremony. The public is invited to the event, at 10 a.m. at the center, 1035 Cass Street in Monterey.
Contributions may still be made to the Carol Hatton Fund for Women in Need. Donations may be made online at www.chomp.org or by calling 625-4506.
ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, 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 at http://www.chomp.org/