August 30, 2002

Scripps to Create Breast Health Outreach Program

$200,000 Grant to Aid in Equipment and Education for the South Bay

Breast cancer is the leading cause of new cancer in the United States and early detection is critical in combating the disease. Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista has been awarded $200,000 from the Henry L. Guenther Foundation in support of a unique and innovative Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) providing women in the South Bay with a better opportunity in the fight against breast cancer.

The grant will also allow Scripps to mount an outreach program combining education and advocacy in order to encourage at-risk women to be screened for breast cancer. The BHOP will allow the hospital to offer free mammography screening examinations for women in the South Bay whom otherwise lack access to the lifesaving technology. The program will also include the purchase of new equipment and a campaign to educate women on breast health issues.

“Without this program, hundreds and eventually thousands of women will go unscreened. Without such screening, lives that could have been saved will be lost,” says John Grah, administrator, Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista.

One component of the education program is to create “promotoras,” women trained as promoters — advocates, educators and facilitators in their own communities. The program will aim to create culturally appropriate and sensitive criteria regarding breast health education and training materials.

The Henry L. Guenther Foundation grant is the largest donation to Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista since the Los Angeles foundation made a $500,000 gift to help fund the renovation of the hospital’s emergency department and intensive care unit in 1996.

Scripps Health is a not-for-profit, community-based health care delivery system that includes more than 2,600 affiliated physicians, five acute care hospitals, two convalescent hospitals, an ambulatory care network, and home health care services. Scripps employs about 10,000 people in San Diego County and treats more than 525,000 patients annually.

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