On December 1, 2016, the St. John's Medical Center Auxiliary presented
a check for $250,000 to St. John's Medical Center, completing its
pledge to support the purchase of a new 3-D mammography system. The Auxiliary
partnered with the Teton Pines Women’s Golf Association and St.
John’s Hospital Foundation to bring this equipment to St. John’s.
“Thanks to the efforts of our members and the overwhelming support
of our fundraising efforts by the community, we are proud to be able to
help the Medical Center accelerate the purchase of this equipment and
provide the women of our community access to this life-saving state-of-the-art
diagnostic tool,” said Sue Critzer, president of the Auxiliary.
3-D mammography allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a
time by using high-powered computing to convert digital breast images
into a stack of very thin “slices.” 3-D mammography increases
the detection of invasive breast cancer and reduces the number of unnecessary biopsies.
“With 3-D mammography, we are able to find invasive cancers earlier,
when they are smaller and easier to treat,” says St. John’s
radiologist Dr. Sean Haling. “In addition, there are fewer false
negatives. A negative 3-D result is much more reassuring, especially for
women with denser breast tissue.”
The Auxiliary is an all-volunteer group whose purpose is to promote and
advance the welfare of St John’s Medical Center in these ways: by
educating members so they may serve as community ambassadors for the Medical
Center, through fundraising activities, and by service to the hospital
and its patients. Funds raised by the Auxiliary, through annual events
such as the Spring Fling Gala and the Annual Charity Golf Tournament,
go directly toward the fulfillment of pledges to the Medical Center for
specific equipment or services.
The Auxiliary holds monthly educational lunch meetings as well as occasional
social events for members and guests. For more information about the Auxiliary,
please contact Rachel Merrell at 307.739.7517.
Media contact: Karen Connelly, 307.739.7380,
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S MEDICAL CENTER
St. John's Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming, offers patient-centered
clinical excellence and community wellness services through a full-service
hospital, primary care, and specialty physician practices, and a long-term
care Living Center.
ABOUT ST. JOHN’S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
The mission of the St. John’s Hospital Foundation is to secure philanthropic
support to advance the mission and strategic objectives of St. John’s
Medical Center, including patient-centered care, clinical excellence,
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