‘FREE’ MAMMOGRAMS OFFERED FOR ALL WOMEN WHO QUALIF

(Hartford, Conn) – One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s a frightening statistic. The good news: Early detection leads to a 97% survival rate. That’s why three organizations are teaming up to offer ‘free’ mammograms to uninsured and under-insured women. Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is partnering with the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Center Early Detection Program and the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Foundation, whose generous donation will allow the hospital to provide free mammograms to local women, regardless of financial status. Free mammogram screenings are available to women 40 years old or older, who have no insurance or who are under-insured, who had a mammogram performed more than 12 months ago, and who can provide the name of a referring physician. Mammograms will be performed at the Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Saint Francis under the leadership of Dr. Kristen Zarfos. “As Director of the Comprehensive Breast Health Center, it is my passion and commitment to ensure each and every patient with optimal care when it comes to the detection and treatment of breast cancer. With this unique partnership, we are now able to expand our efforts to allow every woman a fighting chance against this deadly disease,” said Dr. Zarfos. The Comprehensive Breast Health Center at Saint Francis is a center of excellence, where multiple resources are made available to the patient in order to provide the most optimal course of treatment. Emphasis is placed on rapid diagnosis, timely evaluation, and the provision of the best options in treating breast cancer. The Comprehensive Breast Health Center is located on the main campus of Saint Francis at 95 Woodland Street. Fred Hollfelder established the Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Foundation in honor of his late wife, Charlotte who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993 and who died two years later from an unrelated illness. Ever since, Hollfelder has been a supporter of women’s health initiatives. “Everything good that has happened in my life is because of Charlotte. In her memory, I wanted to do something that I could see happen during my lifetime,” said Fred Hollfelder, Charlotte Johnson Hollfelder Foundation. Bobbie Beck, Director of the Connecticut Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, goes by the motto, “Women helping women,” adding, “No breast cancer should go undetected due to a woman’s ability to pay.” The program is part of a grant awarded to Saint Francis ten years ago and is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and the Connecticut Department of Health. The program offers free pap smears and mammograms to women 40 and over who have no health insurance or who are underinsured. Founded in 1897, Saint Francis is a major teaching hospital licensed for 617 acute inpatient beds and 65 bassinets and is the largest Catholic hospital in New England.