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December 16, 2017
KSUT Regional
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$3.4M Campaign Underway For Mercy Breast Center
(2007-08-01)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The Mercy Health Foundation is embarking on a multi million dollar fundraiser for a facility that will meant the difference between life and death for many women.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

HOYT: THIS IS ABOUT LIFE. BREAST CANCER'S NOT A DEATH SENTENCE ANY MORE. IT'S ABSOLUTELY ABOUT LIFE AND THAT'S WHAT THIS CENTER IS GOING TO BE ALL ABOUT.
VICTOR: About two dozen people were in the dingy, unfinished 3500 square foot room in the Medical Office Building Adjacent to the Hospital, as Mercy's Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Hoyt helped kick off the Mercy Foundation's "Yes Ma'am, Building a Dream" campaign.
The goal is to raise 3.4-million dollars to transform the space into a Breast Care Center, which Mercy Radiologist Mark Walters says will host some of the latest high tech equipment for diagnosing and treating breast cancer.
WALTERS: WE'RE GOING TO UPGRADE TO SOME DIGITAL SYSTEMS SO IT WILL ALL BE RUN THROUGH THE COMPUTER. THERE WILL BE NO MORE FILM. WE'LL BE UPGRADING OUR MRI CAPABILITY, BREAST MRI IS IMPORTANT IN SOME WOMEN AND RIGHT NOW A LOT OF LADIES HAVE TO TRAVEL TO DENVER OR PHOENIX OR OTHER CITIES TO GET THAT SERVICE DONE, SO THAT WON'T BE THE CASE ANY LONGER. WE'LL BE OFFERING MORE BIOPSY TECHNIQUES, MINIMALLY INVASIVE NON SURGICAL BIOPSY TECHNIQUES TO DIAGNOSE OR EXCLUDE BREAST CANCER. BETTER BREAST CARE, LESS INVASIVE, EASIER RECOVERY.
Nearly 7-thousand women from throughout the area seek mammograms at Mercy each year.
435 have been diagnosed with cancer in the last six years.
Many had to wait days, even weeks, for results of testing which takes a toll not only on the woman, but her family and others.
Hoyt says with the new facility, that should end.
HOYT: RIGHT NOW, IF WE GET A PIECE OF TISSUE OUT OF A BREAST AND WE BELIEVE IT'S MALIGNANT, WE HAVE TO SEND IT OUTSIDE OF DURANGO FOR THAT ADDITIONAL TESTING. THAT CAN TAKE UP TO A WEEK. AND DURING THAT WEEK, THINK OF THE ANXIETY, WE'RE NOT ABLE TO START TREATMENT RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW SPECIFICALLY WHAT TYPE OF CANCER SHE HAS. NOW WE CAN DO IT MAYBE IN THE SAME DAY OR TWO DAYS AT THE MOST, SO TREATMENT CAN START THAT MUCH QUICKER AND A WOMAN CAN GET ON WITH HER LIFE.
Hoyt says the facility is also going to be a friendly, an inviting environment, which they hope will encourage more women to get their yearly exam.
HOYT: WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SPA ROBES INSTEAD OF PATIENT GOWNS. NOW WHO WOULDN'T WANT TO COME CUDDLE UP IN A SPA ROBE NEXT TO A WATERFALL? SO IT'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT'S NOT SCARY AND THAT EVERYBODY WILL KNOW, IT'S GOING TO BE OKAY.
Linda Campbell, former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell's wife is honorary chairwoman for the campaign.
CAMPBELL: THE CENTER IS LIKE BUILDING A DREAM, FOR I DON'T THINK THERE IS ONE PERSON IN THIS ROOM WHO HASN'T BEEN AFFECTED BY BREAST CANCER IN SOME WAY, EITHER THROUGH THEMSELVES, THROUGH A FRIEND OR THROUGH A NEIGHBOR.
803-thousand dollars has already been pledged to the center.
Mercy Health Foundation Chief Development Officer Karen Midkiff says they have a lot more work to do.
MIDKIFF: WE ANTICIPATE THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE FUNDS WILL BE RAISED BY JUNE OF 2008 AND THE GOAL IS TO HAVE THE CENTER OPEN ON JANUARY 1ST OF 2009.
The center will serve Southwest Colorado and the Four Corners area.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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