Komen Kentucky Awards Three Gifts to Help Breast Cancer Services in Our Communities


CHI Saint Joseph Health

The CHI Saint Joseph Health Foundations would like to thank Susan G. Komen Kentucky for recent support of $31,270 to help breast cancer services in our communities. Komen Kentucky awarded three separate gifts:

• $18,140 to the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation to continue and improve the Yes, Mamm! program at The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. This program provides mammography screening, diagnostics and program support at no charge to men and women in central and eastern Kentucky who are uninsured and under-insured. With funding from Komen Kentucky, the Yes, Mamm! program will continue to provide mammography screenings and diagnostic services to patients and families not covered by insurance or Medicare, as well as transportation assistance to those for whom transportation to Lexington is a barrier. Kelly Ray, RN, BSN, director of women’s and children’s services/breast care; Gina Baldwin, nurse navigator for the southeastern market; and Janell Samuels, CHI Saint Joseph Health’s director of proposal development, led this initiative.

• $7,275 to the Saint Joseph Berea Foundation to continue and improve the Yes, Mamm! Berea program. With funding from Komen Kentucky, Yes, Mamm! Berea will provide 50 screening mammograms at no cost to patients in Madison County and surrounding areas who come to Saint Joseph Berea for screening. In addition, Yes, Mamm! Berea will provide transportation assistance via gas cards as well as some lodging assistance for additional diagnostic testing and treatment at the breast center at Saint Joseph East in Lexington for women who may need additional testing or services through Yes, Mamm! Kelly Ray, RN, BSN, director of women’s and children’s services/breast care; Gina Baldwin, nurse navigator for the southeastern market; and Janell Samuels, CHI Saint Joseph Health’s director of proposal development, led this initiative.

• $5,855 to the Flaget Memorial Hospital Foundation for its Flaget Breast HOPE (Health Outreach, Prevention and Education) Program, which supports efforts to increase early detection of breast cancer by empowering women with the knowledge of resources and treatment options available in their communities. Serving the medically uninsured and underserved women in Nelson, Larue and Hardin counties, the Breast HOPE program will provide breast health and breast cancer services to address common barriers to care. With Komen Kentucky funding, women will have access to the following services: transportation assistance, supplies to aid in recovery after surgery and treatment, as well as financial assistance for breast cancer screening and diagnostic services – all essential to the healing process. Maggie Smith, supervisor of oncology services at Flaget’s cancer center, leads this program at Flaget Memorial Hospital.