Paint The Town Pink: Raising breast cancer awareness

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A special kickoff event was held Monday at St. Joseph’s/Candler to help women across the Coastal Empire beat the odds.

The hospital’s “Paint The Town Pink” campaign aims to raise breast cancer awareness and encourage women to get mammograms.

The hospital is partnering with Savannah Morning News to make the screenings available for anyone who needs one on Mammography Day.

On Monday, Oct. 29, the hospital will hold its 11th annual event with mammograms available at six locations:

  • Telfair Pavilion at Candler
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital’s Imaging Services
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler Telfair Imaging Center (Eisenhower)
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler Imaging Center (Pooler)
  • Imaging Center at Belfair Towne Village East in Bluffton, S.C.
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler Mobile Mammography Unit (located at the Savannah Civic Center)

Women are encouraged to schedule their mammogram ahead of time by calling 912-819-PINK or visit the hospital’s website here.

The hospital also has a team of professionals waiting to help — furthering the hospital’s commitment to seeing local women get the help and treatment they need.

“We have a fund where no one will be denied a mammogram because of the inability to pay. That’s kind of the punchline of why we are here,” said Paul Hinchey, CEO/President of St. Joseph’s Candler.

The hospital’s fund has more than $300,000 to help pay for a positive diagnosis.

“If it’s a positive mammogram,you’re not going to have to worry about the follow-up treatment. We will take care of it,” Hinchey said. “We’re not just going to hand you a piece of paper and say ‘You’ve got a positive mammogram, go figure it out.’ We will keep you here.”

Hinchey hopes that by the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the fund will be down to $0.

For more Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Paint The Town Pink events, visit here.

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