Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) and Hardin Memorial Health Foundation (HMHF) officials hosted a special event for community leaders in October.
The group celebrated the arrival of new 3D mammography equipment and the donors who helped make the investment in the advanced technology possible.
HMH Radiologist Sarah Callahan, M.D. called the addition of 3D Mammography a major step forward for Central Kentuckians. HMH Radiologists, oncologists and other physicians were on hand to answer questions as guests toured the diagnostic and imaging area. Pending FDA approval, 3D Mammography should be available by year end.
Callahan is a member of HMH’s Multidisciplinary Breast Team, physicians, nurses and clinical staff who take a comprehensive, integrated approach to each breast cancer patient’s care and treatment plan.
“We know that 3D mammography helps us detect cancer at a higher rate and detect it at a smaller size,” said Callahan. “That saves lives.”
Callahan added that this technology also helps lower recall rates and allows radiologists to read the mammography screens like the pages of book providing clearer images and more detail.
HMHF Chairman Joe Prather recognized local entrepreneur Kelly Emerine, of ARGI Financial Services; HMHF board member and entrepreneur Mike Bowers; Kentucky Farm Bureau Hardin County Agency Manager Terry Patterson and his wife Bonnie for their catalytic donations for 3D Mammography.
In July, Emerine made a personal $80,000 gift to the Foundation for 3D mammography after selling her medication management app, Mom’s MedMinder, to HMH.
Emerine’s generosity inspired HMHF Board member Mike Bowers to call upon other local entrepreneurs to also donate. The Pattersons and Emerine’s employer ARGI accepted the challenge and made donations.
Prather called the $110,000 raised to support 3D mammography a “perfect example” of how the Foundation can support HMH. He mentioned that others in the community can still accept Bowers’ challenge and make a contribution to help cover the over $2.2 million total 3D Mammography investment.
“By funding equipment like this, we all can help save lives and provide the very best care close to home,” said Prather. “We are grateful for leaders like Mike who issued this challenge, for Terry and Bonnie and ARGI Financial and most of all, to Kelly and Brian Emerine for setting the incredible example for all of us to follow.”
Dennis Johnson, HMH President and CEO, echoed Prather’s sentiments about the Foundation donor’s invaluable support and he mentioned HMH’s multidisciplinary breast and lung teams who care for HMH patients with breast and lung health concerns.
“It is rare for a healthcare system of this size to have two multidisciplinary cancer teams,” said Johnson. “Now we have added 3D mammography to their early detection and diagnostic arsenal.”
Johnson also introduced new physicians joining both the HMH Medical Group and the overall HMH medical staff this year. The HMH Medical Group included four specialists – Ryan Owens, M.D., a neurologist; Kelli Mathew, D.O., who specializes in Pulmonary and Critical Care; Stuart Blankenship, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at E-town Ortho and Keith Harmon, M.D., a general surgeon at HMH Surgical Specialists. Johnson said these specialties, in particular, are in great demand across the 10-county region served by HMH.
“When we grow our HMH Medical Group and attract the best physicians into our system, we can provide Central Kentucky residents with better access to even better care,” said Johnson. “When donors and community leaders join us in support, lives are saved and the whole region wins.”