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Susan G. Komen Charlotte awards grants to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation totaling $239,921


August 1, 2019

Grants funding breast health screenings & education will be shared across four Novant Health medical centers

Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation has been awarded $239,921 in grants from Susan G. Komen® Charlotte (Komen Charlotte). Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center will receive $119,972, and Novant Health Huntersville, Matthews and Mint Hill medical centers will receive a combined $119,949. These awards will be used to fund screening and diagnostic services for under/uninsured individuals in Mecklenburg, Union, Iredell, Rowan and Cabarrus, NC counties, and York County, SC.

This long-term funding has made a tremendous impact in helping to reduce late-stage breast cancer diagnoses in our community

Maria Kuklinski-Long, NHCPED manager

Komen Charlotte funding will provide critical clinical breast examinations, three-dimensional mammograms, breast health education, diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and patient navigation. Staff targets low-income and under/uninsured individuals for grant-funded services in an effort to improve access to care and reduce breast cancer mortality in our communities.

Ongoing grant support has enabled Novant Health Cancer Prevention, Education and Early Detection (NHCPED) team members to provide 2,580 uninsured individuals with one-on-one, evidence-based breast health education, screening mammography and 2,864 diagnostic services since 2012. Komen Charlotte has been an NHPMC Foundation funding partner since 1999.

“This long-term funding has made a tremendous impact in helping to reduce late-stage breast cancer diagnoses in our community,” said NHCPED manager Maria Kuklinski-Long. Komen funding has enabled staff to diagnose 94 individuals with breast cancer during that time. “These individuals likely would have waited to obtain screening or diagnostic services, prioritizing housing or family expenses ahead of preventive care, possibly resulting in later-stage diagnoses. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the survival rate is among these individuals.”

To learn more about Komen Charlotte, please visit: https://komencharlotte.org/.

To learn more about the Novant Health Cancer Prevention, Education and Early Detection program, please visit: www.novanthealth.org/presbyterian-medical-center/services/cancer/prevention-and-early-detection.aspx.


Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center Foundation