Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has been awarded a $10,000 grant by The Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund, enabling it to establish a collaborative breast care education program with Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend.
Funds from the grant will be used to train two technologists from the BMH Imaging Department as certified breast care educators, says Kelly McCue, Administrator/Nurse Navigator for the BMH Comprehensive Breast Care program. The technologists will then visit Grace Cottage Hospital twice a month over a six-month period to educate women in the hospital’s service area about methods for early breast cancer detection and prevention.
“We want to give women in Townshend and the surrounding area as many opportunities as possible to learn how to check themselves for abnormalities and identify concerns when breast cancer is most treatable,” says McCue.
Marcy Rushford, Director of BMH Radiology and Cardiology Units designed the program in conjunction with Kelly McCue, Administrator/Nurse Navigator for the BMH Comprehensive Breast Care program. The Holt Fund notified BMH of the award in early January.
The Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund was established, in perpetuity, with Bank of America as the Trustee in February, 1998. Fully funded in 2000 as a charitable entity, The Fanny Holt Ames and Edna Louise Holt Fund makes grants to qualified not-for-profit organizations that provide health and medical services to individuals living in and around Grafton, Vermont. To date, the Holt Fund has invested over $7 million in programs to improve community health outcomes. Holt Fund recipients are meeting the health and medical needs of the community through a variety of innovative programs.
Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) has provided health care services for over a hundred years. A licensed, 61-bed, not-for-profit community hospital located in southeastern Vermont, it serves a rural population of about 55,000 people in 22 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The medical staff includes 137 board-certified physicians, both primary care and many specialists, and its 572 employees enjoy the help of over 110 active volunteers.