Yuba City/Marysville, CA — The Rideout Health Foundation recently received a generous $50,000 donation from the Geweke Caring for Women Foundation.
The funds will go toward purchasing breast imaging equipment for Rideout Regional Medical Center, expected to open in January 2015.
Breast Tomosynthesis, state-of-the-art breast imaging equipment, is a three dimensional imaging technology that involves acquiring images of a stationary compressed breast at multiple angles during a short scan. This equipment can reduce or eliminate the tissue overlap effect. Other benefits included reduced recall, fewer biopsies and improved cancer detection.
In addition, Rideout Cancer Center has also been granted $1600 from the Geweke Caring for Women Foundation towards 40 patient gowns called Radiant Wraps. Radiant Wraps are breast cancer specific treatment gowns worn during radiation. The gowns are made of beautiful material and close on the patient's hip to provide privacy, dignity and comfort.
"The Geweke Caring For Women Foundation is proud to support the Rideout Health Foundation by furnishing the funds to help purchase state-of-the-art breast imaging equipment and Radiant Wraps for Cancer Center patients. By investing in the health of our community, we ensure a better quality of life for all residents in the Yuba-Sutter region," said Nancy Elrod, Chair, Geweke Caring for Women Foundation.
"Given these tough economic times, we are even more grateful to receive this generous donation from such an esteemed organization and a highly admired volunteer group," stated Carol Ramirez, VP, Rideout Health Foundation. "State of the Art Breast Tomosynthesis technology is an integral part of modern imaging, and the addition of this technology will allow us to further increase the quality of the care we deliver to our patients. The Radiant Gowns which were purchased for the Cancer Center will allow breast cancer patients comfort and dignity," she concluded.
The Rideout Health Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making our communities a healthier place to live. Its purpose is to provide financial support to Rideout Health and the people it serves.
Rideout Health is the independent, non-profit, community-based healthcare organization that operates Rideout Memorial Hospital, Fremont Medical Center and other medical facilities around the Yuba-Sutter region. It also is the area's largest non-government employer. In fulfillment of its mission to provide quality healthcare to everyone, regardless of financial circumstance, in FY 2012 the organization provided nearly $50 million in unreimbursed or free medical care to uninsured or under-insured patients. RideoutHealth.org.
Geweke Caring for Women Foundation a 100% locally-based non-profit organization was founded in 2006. Funds are raised through local Pink October events. On average the Foundation assists approximately 30 local women per year with up to $2000 in financial assistance each. The majority of funds go to assist in mortgage and rent payments, medical bills or utility bills. In recent years the Foundation has been fortunate to give major gifts towards breast technology and assistance to Rideout Health, Sutter Medical Foundation and Peach Tree Healthcare. To learn more visit pink-october.org