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New Milford hospital receives $50,000 community grant from Komen Connecticut

By New Milford Hospital

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New Milford, CT - New Milford Hospital’s Regional Cancer Center has received a $50,000 community grant from Komen Connecticut to expand breast cancer education and screening in greater New Milford, through the Hospital’s Greater New Milford Breast Care Initiative (GNMBCI). The grant is the largest in the Hospital’s nine-year history of receiving support for breast health programming from the Connecticut affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“The selection of New Milford Hospital as a grant recipient of this magnitude underscores the quality and value of the commitment we have to education and the positive impact we have in our community,” said Deborah Weymouth, SVP and Executive Director of New Milford Hospital.

The GNMBCI, in collaboration with the New Milford Health Department, New Milford Senior Center, Carlson Therapy Associates and Western Connecticut Home Care, anticipates reaching more than 800 at-risk women in the greater New Milford area during 2012-2013 with comprehensive breast care programming that includes prevention and early detection education, mammography screening, and lymphedema assessment and treatment.

“Two critical statistics drive Komen Connecticut’s work. Approximately 3,000 Connecticut women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. And Connecticut has the second highest incidence of breast cancer in the United States,” said Anne Morris, Executive Director of Komen Connecticut. “The work of New Milford Hospital is critically important, and we are very pleased to support their efforts to fight breast cancer in Connecticut. Their dedication and resolve is truly commendable.”

Komen Connecticut funds innovative and effective community-based breast health programs that provide education, screening and treatment in local communities throughout the state. Annual grants are determined by the Komen Connecticut Board of Directors in accordance with the Community Profile of Breast Health in Connecticut, a comprehensive local project that researches the breast health services currently available in Connecticut and identifies the gaps in service to our communities.

Komen Connecticut’s priorities include strengthening and building the capacity of existing breast health providers, promoting the importance of screening and early detection, and increasing screening resources available to underserved women and women with the highest risk. In each of the past three years, Komen Connecticut has invested more than $1 million in Connecticut-based breast health programs throughout the state.

“We are committed to early detection and education to stop breast cancer,” said GNMBCI Project Director Katherine Sullivan. “New Milford Hospital is most grateful to Komen and their volunteers for helping us send the message that early detection saves lives.”

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