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Komen Sacramento awards $60K to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation

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The Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation has secured a $60,000 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure Sacramento Valley Affiliate to support quality breast diagnostics and follow-up care through the Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator program at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

"The grant includes financial assistance for patients who cannot afford the cost of breast care diagnostic tests that follow a mammogram," said Kimberly Parker, executive director of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.

"For patients who need financial assistance with the cost of a screening mammogram, we have the Barbara Schmidt Millar Fund made possible through annual support of the BSM Triathlon held each September."

The hospital has a Nurse Navigator program that works with breast patients to reduce barriers to screenings and follow-up treatments.

This ensures that patients arrive at a diagnosis in a timely and compassionate manner.

Additionally, the hospital strives to educate women in its community on the need for an annual mammogram and to increase annual screening rates.

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The Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley Affiliate awarded more than $750,000 to 21 local organizations in its 19-county service area.

"It's exciting to see so many hardworking organizations throughout the region receive funding to keep their programs operating," said Kelly Plag, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Sacramento Valley Affiliate.

The grants are made available thanks to the Komen Sacramento Valley Race for the Cure.

The 2013 Race for the Cure will take place May 11 at Cal Expo in Sacramento. To learn more about the Race for the Cure and other Komen Sacramento Valley programs, visit http://komensacramento.org.

For information on financial assistance options available and to schedule a mammogram, call Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital's Women's Imaging Center at 530-274-6246.

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