Project Pink: Hospital ultrasound machine plugged in |

Project Pink: Hospital ultrasound machine plugged in

A new ultrasound machine bought with community donations is now operating at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

The Grass Valley hospital’s Breast Imaging Center started using the machine the first week in January, according to officials.

“This addition of the ultrasound will help expedite the care of more than 1,000 women in our community each year,” hospital officials said.

To buy the machine, contributors raised $150,000 through Project Pink, organized by the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation. Money came from individual donors, the Red Rose Society, board of directors’ fundraising and the efforts of 21 Project Pink community teams, which were responsible for $83,000 of the total.

“Each team had the goal of raising $2,500, and all teams went above and beyond to advance breast care in our community,” hospital officials said.

Ultrasound is a highly effective imaging method to further evaluate and locate abnormalities detected on mammograms and breast MRIs.

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