LCCF’s Armand Peterson, vice president and Kyle Marcolla, board member, with Hedrick Medical Cetner’s Matt Wenzel, CEO; Bob Moore, manger of Radiology; and Lisa Hecker, director of HR

LCCF’s Armand Peterson, vice president and Kyle Marcolla, board member, with Hedrick Medical Cetner’s Matt Wenzel, CEO; Bob Moore, manger of Radiology; and Lisa Hecker, director of HR

Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe has received a $100,000 grant.

The funds come from the Livingston County Community Foundation, and will be used toward the purchase of new mammography technology. The foundation was organized in 1998, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life for citizen in their area. They have awarded more than 60 local grants since their inception.

The machine will be installed in the new Hedrick Medical Center, which is slated to open in February. The technology allows for 3-D images, that are sharper than traditional mammograms.

3-D mammograms have been shown to catch up to 40 percent more cancers than a traditional digital screening. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American woman. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime.

Press Release from Hedrick Medical Center

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (Sept. 20, 2013) — The Livingston County Community Foundation (LCCF) has announced a $100,000 grant to Hedrick Medical Center to go toward the purchase of 3-D mammography technology to be installed in the new Hedrick Medical Center early next year.

This technology offers exceptionally sharp images and a groundbreaking 3-D tomosynthesis platform designed to deliver superior screening and diagnostic images.

Breast tomosynthesis is a revolutionary technology that gives radiologists the ability to identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue. During a tomosynthesis exam, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3-D picture of the breast.

“We felt this was a grant we needed to award,” said Armand Peterson, vice president of the LCCF. “Hedrick Medical Center was willing to invest a large sum of its own money toward this technology, so we understand how important it is to Livingston County. Anytime we can improve the facilities in Chillicothe, as well as take steps to ensure women can stay here locally for women’s health services, it’s a good thing.”

Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among American women, exceeded only by lung cancer. Statistics indicate that one in eight women will develop breast cancer sometime in her lifetime. Early detection improves patients’ prognosis and the chance for treatment success.

“For patients, this means more accurate readings, fewer recalls for further testing, and a better chance at detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages,” said Matt Wenzel, CEO of Hedrick Medical Center. “There will be no reason to leave Hedrick for a mammogram. There isn’t a better technology for mammography anywhere.”

3-D mammograms catch up to 40 percent more cancers than a traditional digital screening. This leading-edge technology will be available at the new Hedrick Medical Center, opening in early 2014.

The Livingston County Community Foundation was organized in January 1998, with the purpose of enhancing the quality of life for citizens of Livingston County through the generation and management of endowments and the awarding of grants to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations in the county. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than 60 grants locally.

Hedrick Medical Center is a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, which consists of 10 area hospitals and several specialty and primary care practices, and provides a range of inpatient, outpatient, and home care services. Founded as a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, our mission includes a commitment to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. The health system is an aligned organization in which the physicians and hospitals assume responsibility for enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of people in the metropolitan Kansas City area and the surrounding region.