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Published on October 31, 2011

Community Hospital breast care fund assists 64 women in need

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Brenda Moore (831) 625-4544

Communication and Marketing: (831) 625-4505

 

MONTEREY, Calif. — The Carol Hatton Fund for Women in Need, in its first full year of existence, paid for advanced diagnostic breast imaging for 64 local women who otherwise could not afford the services.

The fund was established on October 1, 2010 in honor of Hatton, a former Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula employee who spearheaded fundraising efforts for breast care technology and services at the hospital. Hatton died of cancer in 2009; the Breast Care Center was recently renamed in her honor. 

“This fund is making an incredible difference for women in our community,” says Jan Dunn, coordinator of the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center. “I know that Carol would be happy and proud — and thankful for everyone who has supported and continues to support this fund.

The fund pays for diagnostic breast imaging, as well as for advanced imaging studies that are recommended after a questionable finding in a basic screening mammogram. During the fund’s first year, more than $72,000 in breast imaging studies were provided. These included: 43 diagnostic mammograms; 64 breast ultrasounds; 2 fine-needle aspirations; 3 cyst aspirations; 5 core needle biopsies; 1 MRI; and 1 MRI-guided biopsy.

Community Hospital also provides funds for screening mammograms through the Sherry Cockle Memorial Fund. Since it was started in 1990, more than 2,500 free mammograms have been provided by Community Hospital. 

“The application process has been set up to ensure that anyone who has a true need for financial assistance is able to access the fund easily and quickly,” Dunn says. “Patients complete an application and provide proof of income, which determines the level of assistance they will receive.”

Information about both funds is available by calling the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center at 622-2760.

Information about contributing to the funds is available by calling 625-4506.

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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/