A few months ago, Susan walked into our Walk In Wednesday Clinic for a mammogram. She had not had a mammogram for over two years and her best friend had been encouraging her to go in. Susan was busy – three kids, a full-time job and she spent three of the four week day nights carting kids to/from practices or school activities. It created a very busy schedule that was not conducive to schedule her own medical appointments. Susan’s best friend was persistent. In fact, she became a bit of a nag. But, what she didn’t know is that Susan was unable to afford a mammogram as well. She simply did not have the insurance coverage to cover it.
After finally confessing this to her friend, her friend let Susan know that Saint Michael’s Foundation had the Angel Fund to help women just like her. The next Wednesday, Susan walked through the doors.
The Breast Care Center at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital wants to ensure that every woman receives an annual screening for their breast care. Early detection can help save a life. Amanda and Kerrie, our Breast Care Navigators, are absolutely terrific! They can help you, your mom, your sister – or your best friend – navigate different programs that are available for women in our community, and they will discuss the qualifications for each of the programs with you, answering any questions you may have.
These programs are available for patients:
- Who do not have insurance or
- Have insurance that does not pay for breast care or mammograms, or
- Have a deductible or medical expense you cannot afford.
The Angel Fund at Saint Michael’s Foundation helps to serve patients by providing prevention, detection and screening services for breast cancer. This Fund ensures that every woman has the opportunity to obtain an annual breast cancer screening and early detection. Please don’t let your finances or your lack of insurance be a barrier to you scheduling an annual breast exam.
Call 715.342.7733 to find out if you qualify for the Angel Fund or one of the other programs the Breast Care Center at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital offers. We encourage you to please call and make an appointment for your annual screening today or to remind your family and friend to make an appointment today. Be a nag if you have to; but join us to ensure that no woman gets left behind in our fight to ensure that every woman gets an annual screening for their breast care.
Angie Heuck, Saint Michael’s Foundation Director
Angie Heuck, Director of the Saint Michael’s Foundation