SIDNEY — The campaign slogan — “The Future is Clear” — has changed to “The Future is Now” for the new 3D mammogram units at the Francis Women’s Center at Wilson Health.
Two units were installed in September.
Honda of American was honored Thursday morning as the corporate donation to put the $1.2 million campaign “over the hump” to becoming a reality. The campaigned was launched in October 2018. Honda’s corporate charitable fund donated $100,000 to the campaign.
“We knew breast cancer was an issue in Shelby County,” said Karla Young, Wilson Health Foundation executive director. “It was often caught too late. The 3D mammogram can catch it much earlier stage.
“Honda was one of our most significant donations. When we received the donation, we were able to purchase the machines,” she said.
Brian Scheid, director of imaging services, said the technologists in the department were eager for the change.
“We really appreciate Honda stepping up and putting us ‘over the hump’,” said Scheid. “The technologists were on edge from day one (of the campaign).”
In addition to the 3D machines, a biopsy table also uses the 3D technology.
In addition to corporate donations, Wilson Health also ran an employee campaign to raise funds for the 3D machines. Families also donated money, said Young.
Paul Dentinger, Honda of America Mfg. vice president and chief engineer and Honda of American Mfg. Foundation member, said it was important for the company to support the health and well being of their employees.
“”There has been some great, hard work by Wilson Health in the part they play in the fight against breast cancer,” said Dentinger.
“Half of our associates are female,” said Pam Heminger, Honda of America Mfg. vice president/Honda of America Mfg. Foundation member.
Women seeking a mammogram, said Scheid, can self-refer themselves for the process.
“We ask that they have a physician so the results can be sent to them (physician),” said Scheid. “We have a large portion of the mammograms who are self-referred.”
Scheid said the No. 1 reason women don’t get a mammogram is the fear of receiving a cancer diagnosis.
“One in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease,” he said. “The 3D is much better because we get more accurate pictures.”
The 3D technology reduces the need for additional images and is more comfortable.
“With the new technology, there’s a curved paddle being used,” said Scheid. “A man must have created the first paddle because it’s flat.
“So the curved paddle means there’s less pain for the patient,” he said. “It’s never going to be pain free but it will be less painful.”
Wilson Health President and CEO Mark Klosterman thanked Honda for the donation and support of the hospital.
Mammography Technologist Tina Bryant, far right, of Sidney, talks about one of the new 3D mammography imaging machines, far left, that Wilson Health recently purchased. Listening to her are, left to right, Vice President and General Manager of Honda of America technology division Paul Dentinger, of Anna, Vice President and General Manager of purchasing at Honda of America Pam Heminger, of Dublin, and Honda Planning and Communication Coordinator Carla Greene, of Bellefontaine. The Honda representatives were taken on a tour, Thursday, Nov. 21, of the new mammography technology their company helped Wilson Health purchase.
Mammography Technologist Tina Bryant, left to right, of Sidney, shows what a technician sees on a screen while giving someone a 3D mammogram at Wilson Health. Listening are Vice President and General Manager of purchasing at Honda of America Pam Heminger, of Dublin, and Honda Planning and Communication Coordinator Carla Greene, of Bellefontaine. Honda representatives were taken on a tour, Thursday, Nov. 21, of the new mammography technology their company helped Wilson Health purchase.
Mammography Technologist Tina Bryant, of Sidney, describes how a biopsy machine that uses 3D mammography technology is used. Honda representatives were taken on a tour, Thursday, Nov. 21, of the new mammography technology their company helped Wilson Health purchase.
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