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Komen Affiliate Awards Rex Healthcare Foundation $110,000 in Grants

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 24, 2013

Contact: Alan M. Wolf
(919) 784-4467
alan.wolf@rexhealth.com  

Money to Help Pay for Women’s Mammograms, Surgeries for Breast Cancer Patients 

RALEIGH, N.C. – Rex Healthcare Foundation is honored to receive two grants totaling $110,000 from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate, to fund breast cancer screenings and treatments for underserved women.

The latest grants also mark a major milestone: Since 2007, the Rex Healthcare Foundation has received more than $500,000 from the local Komen affiliate. That money has helped provide free mammograms, other types of diagnostic imaging, and surgical services for thousands of women and breast cancer patients across the region on the Rex Mobile Mammography Unit and in the Rex Breast Care Center.

“We appreciate and depend on all the support Komen provides for our patients,” said Amy Daniels, executive director of Rex Healthcare Foundation. “Breast cancer can strike any woman, and Rex’s life-saving services and care help all women, regardless of their ability to pay for tests and treatment. Rex and Komen have a long history of supporting each other’s efforts to improve care and services in this region.” 

Komen officials, including local affiliate Executive Director Pam Kohl, recently presented two checks to Rex co-workers, including Daniels, Rex Chief Operating Officer Steve Burriss and Rex Healthcare Foundation Vice President Sylvia Hackett. One grant for $65,000 will be used to provide free mammograms to hundreds of uninsured and underinsured women. The other, for $45,000, will help pay for breast cancer surgical services such as consults, biopsies, lumpectomies, and mastectomies.

“Rex is an important partner in our efforts to diagnose and treat breast cancer among women across our region,” Kohl said. “We are pleased to support Rex in our shared mission of eliminating breast cancer as a life threatening disease.”

Rex and UNC Health Care are long-time supporters of Komen Triangle Race for the Cure®. This year’s Race will be held on June 8 at Meredith College in Raleigh.

About Rex Healthcare

Rex Healthcare, a member of UNC Health Care, is a private, not-for-profit health care system with more than 5,400 co-workers. Rex Healthcare has 660 beds (433 general acute beds and 227 skilled nursing) and treats nearly 34,000 inpatients each year. Rex offers dedicated centers for cancer, surgery, heart and vascular, post-acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care, wellness and women’s care plus dedicated services for bariatric, heartburn, pain management, sleep disorders, diabetes education, wound and emergency care. Rex’s medical staff includes more than 1,100 physicians and 1,700 nurses. Rex provides various health care services throughout Wake County with facilities in Apex, Cary, Garner, Holly Springs, Knightdale, Wakefield and downtown Raleigh. Visit rexhealth.com for more information.

About Komen

The Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate serves 29 counties in central and eastern North Carolina; holding two annual Race for the Cure events in Raleigh and Wilmington. Seventy-five percent of the net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stay in the service area. In 2012, $1.1 million was distributed to 19 service agencies to provide a continuum of breast health services to underinsured and uninsured women in our service area. The remaining twenty-five percent funds national breast cancer research; the Affiliate contributed $400,000 in 2012. That same year, $2.4 was returned to the area in the form of research grants at Duke and the University of North Carolina. For more information, call 919-493-2873 or visit komennctc.org.

About Rex Healthcare Foundation

The non-profit Rex Healthcare Foundation was founded in 1958 by a group of public-spirited citizens who wanted to fulfill a community need. The Rex Healthcare Foundation’s mission is to provide opportunities for our community to invest in the excellent work of Rex Healthcare. The Rex Healthcare Foundation supports a variety of patient assistance programs, assists in upgrading facilities and acquiring the medical equipment necessary to continue excellent healthcare services. For more information about Rex Healthcare Foundation, call (919) 784-4424 or visit Rex Healthcare Foundation.