Adventist Midwest Health imaging center provides mammograms for women without insurance
Hinsdale – Forty local women have received mammograms thanks to a new program offered by the Hinsdale Imaging Center, an Adventist Midwest Health breast cancer center.
The center provided free mammograms for 40 women who had no insurance, and who were otherwise unable to pay, in commemoration of Breast Cancer Awareness month in October.
The “40 for 40” program helped 40 women over the age of 40 and is part of the Open Arms Breast Cancer Outreach Fund, created by the Hinsdale Imaging Center and the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation in 2011.
The foundation, the philanthropic arm of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, partnered with the Oak Brook Park District during May’s annual Pink 5K Run/Walk to raise $7,000 for the Open Arms fund.
The program helped women such as Donna Cerveny of Brookfield. Cerveny tested positive for breast cancer and is being treated at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.
“Everyone I met at the Hinsdale Imaging Center was wonderful,” said Cerveny, 60. “After I had an abnormal mammogram, they arranged for the biopsy. Even though I tested positive, I am very optimistic.”
Leading up to the mammogram, Cerveny did not suspect she had breast cancer, but she had concerns because she had not had a check done in 10 years. She was grateful for the Hinsdale Imaging Center.
“The staff explained everything, step by step” Cerveny said. “Their patient care navigator is helping me down this path. I feel well taken care of. I don’t feel alone. I feel like I have a buddy.”
The program was started because the imaging staff was seeing many local women without a way to pay for a mammogram, said Sandy Mueller, associate director of oncology outreach and manager at the Hinsdale Imaging Center. “The response to our new ‘40 for 40’ program has been overwhelmingly positive,” Mueller said. “I am truly blown away by the outpouring of compassion, which helped us raise philanthropic funds to support this. I think what resonated is that this program supports local women. Our staff members can see who they are helping. So many of us complain when it is time to get a mammogram, but these women are so grateful to get screened, that they begin to cry.”
Mueller cited several examples of charitable giving for the new program:
• A surgical center nurse from another hospital made and donated a blanket to be sold.
• The Hinsdale Imaging Center front desk staff learned to crochet so they could make scarves to sell.
• A woman at a yarn store treated by staff offered to make scarves.
• A volunteer created 35 prayer shawls and more than 400 port pillows for patients.
• Teens baked goods for bake sales. One woman who did not want baked goods left a $100 donation.
• A patient who is a breast cancer survivor held a wine tasting fund raiser.
The Hinsdale Imaging Center partners with the “Why Wait?” program, which is the DuPage County chapter of the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer program. Women who participate in “Why Wait?” receive help through state funding.
Mueller said women who participated in the “40 for 40” program and who need further care are referred to the “Why Wait?” program to help pay for their ensuing cancer treatment at AHH.
“Our ‘40 for 40’ program is a work in progress, but we are moving forward,” Mueller said. “We are not going to let anyone fall through the cracks. Helping to make a difference in someone’s life is the best thing in the world.”
For information on the breast cancer outreach program, call Sandy Mueller at (630) 856-4801.
Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.
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