Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Grants $500,000 to Local Care Providers to Provide Breast Health Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tracey Boyes 817-730-9679

FORT WORTH, TX–Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth today announced it has granted a total of $500,000 to three local health care organizations to provide breast health services for uninsured and underinsured people in its four-county service area of Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties. The remaining $250,000 of its total of almost $750,000 raised during its fiscal year of April 1,2017 to March 31, 2018 has been disbursed to Komen’s national breast cancer research effort.

The first recipient, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, is receiving $150,007 in grants to use on free mammograms, free diagnostics, breast cancer education and navigation for underinsured, uninsured and low-income women through its Wellness for Life mobile health program. In addition, the grant will also be used to provide professional bilingual interpreters for the mobile mammography screenings.

The second recipient, Moncrief Cancer Institute, is receiving $275,569 in grants to provide breast screening for uninsured and under-insured women, with a focus on African American communities.

The third recipient, JPS Health Network, is receiving $74,424 in grants to use in increasing diagnostic testing within 14 days of diagnosis and provide care to uninsured and low-income patients. The JPS Health Network offers care throughout Tarrant County at more than 60 locations, including the main hospital, which is located at 1500 S. Main Street in Fort Worth.

“We are proud to partner with these deserving organizations to provide critical breast cancer services to local women and men,” Komen Greater Fort Worth Executive Director Tracey Boyes said. “Our gratitude goes to our partners, donors and volunteers as their support is essential in our community to help save lives locally.”

Each year the Greater Fort Worth Komen affiliate distributes 75 percent of all local funds raised to local organizations and 25 percent to further national breast cancer research.  Funds are raised through a year-long variety of events and activities such as the recent More Than Pink Walk.

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ABOUT SUSAN G. KOMEN GREATER FORT WORTH: The mission of Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. Seventy-five percent of all local donations funds screening and diagnostics, cancer treatment, education and support services for uninsured and underinsured women and men in the Komen Greater Fort Worth service area of Tarrant, Parker, Johnson and Hood counties. The remaining 25 percent supports the national Komen Research Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research, meritorious awards and educational and scientific programs around the world.  Learn more at Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth.

ABOUT TEXAS HEALTH RESOURCES: Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system, which along with UT Southwestern founded Southwestern Health Resources in 2016 to make it easier for North Texans to access the highest quality care consistently in a responsive and coordinated manner, includes 29 hospital locations that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley Hospitals, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

ABOUT MONCRIEF CANCER INSTITUTE: Moncrief Cancer Institute is affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only NCI-designated cancer center in North Texas. Moncrief has a history of serving the uninsured, underinsured and medically underserved in North Texas since 1958. Moncrief provides services designated to reduce the burden on cancer patients receiving treatment, cancer survivors, and their families. Moncrief Cancer Institute’s mission is to provide North Texas with the foremost science, resources and programs to reduce the threat and impact of cancer.

ABOUT JOHN PETER SMITH FOUNDATION: The JPS Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm to JPS Health Network by raising awareness and financial support to help the over 1.8 million patient encounters it sees each year. JPS Health Network makes lives better with quality access to health care for all Tarrant County residents. JPS offers urgent, inpatient, and psychiatric care, as well as emergency services at Tarrant County’s only Level 1 Trauma Center. In addition, JPS delivers a full range of outpatient services located at over 60 sites across Tarrant County, which include primary and specialty clinics, medical homes and school-based clinics. Learn more at http://www.jpshealthnet.org/.