Diamond Credit Union has made a Leadership Gift to Reading Hospital Foundation towards the purchase of a mobile mammography unit. The vehicle will help provide routine screenings for women who might not otherwise have access to this life-saving service. The Foundation’s fundraising campaign has set a goal to raise $2 million by October 2021.
The mobile mammography unit will eliminate transportation barriers to life-saving care for approximately 4,000 women a year. It will deliver the latest technology, that will enable caregivers to detect more invasive cancers, directly to those in need.
“Regularly scheduled mammograms are an important part of a woman’s healthcare routine,” said Erik Rupard, MD, Chief, Section of Hematology Oncology at McGlinn Cancer Institute at Reading Hospital. “We know that for many women accessing services can be a hurdle. Having the support of the Reading Hospital Foundation and Diamond Credit Union to provide a mobile mammography unit to reach our patients in their communities will help meet the needs of thousands of women.”
The benefit of a mobile mammography unit was discovered in Reading Hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment, performed earlier this year. The study identified “access to care” as a challenge that, if solved, could save lives. This means many moms, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, nieces and friends who do not have adequate access to mammogram screenings, soon will.
“The team at Diamond Credit Union is committed to supporting our community,” said John Faust President and CEO at Diamond Credit Union. “We hope our donation inspires others to help in any way they can so that, together, we can provide life-saving access to care.”