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Mercy Community Health Foundation thanks 3D Mammography campaign donors

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In January, the Mercy Community Health Foundation announced that it had completed its year long campaign to raise $500,000 to bring 3D mammography services to Via Christi’s Women’s Imaging Center. Since June, the center has been screening patients with the state-of-the-art equipment.

Kristin Cottam, foundation director, and Dr. Greg Welle, radiologist, thanked the many donors for their support during the campaign.

So far, 3D mammography patients make up about 40 percent of the center’s daily appointments, Welle said.

“Thank you all very much for helping us,” he added. “This equipment is something that I’ve pushed for a while. We’ve found a few cancers so far that we’re pretty confident that a 2D system wouldn’t have picked up.

“In addition, our callbacks for additional testing have decreased and that’s a good thing – callbacks create anxiety,” Welle added. “It takes us longer to read the 3D images, but overall, this is a great thing for our patients and we’re proud to have it.”

Another win for the Women’s Imaging Center is the announcement from the Commissioner of Insurance for the Kansas Insurance Department, which states that in 2019, 3D mammograms will be the standard of care for all Kansas insurance companies.

Currently, some insurance companies cover 3D mammography screenings, Welle said. For those whose insurance only covers 2D screenings, patients are required to pay the difference.

Campaign donors:

  • Mercy Auxiliary     
  • Christy Linders    
  • Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Dr. David and Kathy Pauls
  • Jack Goldstein Charitable Trust    
  • Phil Howe
  • Parker Hanifin Foundation
  • Thomas and Vera Hintz
  • Dr. Mark and Susan Hungerford
  • Rawley and Aaron Philpott
  • Dr. Richard and Shirley Baker
  • Mary Vanier
  • Mark & Ann Knackendoffel
  • Dr. Keith and Sue Ann Wright
  • Randy & Elaine Anderes
  • Jim & Sandy Fraser
  • Todd & Geneva Ost
  • Camille & Britt Feltner
  • Darlene Smith
  • Jim & Sally Lindquist
  • John & Karen Armbrust
  • Chuck & Kathy Lyman
  • Stephen & Ruth Dyer
  • Mike & Sandy Kearns
  • Vernon & Brenda Schaffer
  • Michael & Bobi Hoover
  • Shon & Michelle Robben
  • Bob & Kim Copple
  • Little Apple Toyota Honda & Toyota Motor Company
  • SPS Inc.
  • WTC Fiber
  • Professional Engineering Consultants
  • CGN Advisors
  • The Trust Company
  • BHS Construction
  • Pepsi-Cola of Manhattan
  • Ascension Via Christi Hospital
  • Thomas Outdoor Advertising
  • Bank of the Flint Hills
  • Civic Plus
  • The Women’s Health Group
  • Intrust Bank
  • Stormont-Vail Health
  • Prairie Band Casino & Resort
  • Orthopeadic & Sports Medicine Center
  • Central Mechanical Construction
  • Tom Barth, DDS
  • Peterson Laboratory Services
  • Meadowlark Hills
  • Commerce Bank
  • Interim Home Health
  • K-State Athletics
  • McCown Gordon Construction
  • Family & Implant Dentistry
  • Landmark National Bank
  • Stonecreek Family Physicians
  • Scott Rice Office Works
  • K-State Men’s Basketball
  • Community First National Bank
  • Trinium, Inc.
  • Associated Urologists
  • The Dental Health Group    
  • MCM
  • Neuroscience and Rehab Associates
  • Manhattan Radiology
  • Holiday Inn & Houlihan’s
  • G Thomas Jewelers
  • Economy Electric
  • Stolzer Family Foundation
  • Burnette Automotive
  • Dr. Segen Chase
  • Lee Borck & Jackie L. Hartman
  • Nespor’s Wine & Spirits
  • Bruce & Megan Weber
  • Candlewood Veterinary Clinic
  • KS State Bank
  • Rockhill Real Estate Group
  • Walter’s Morgan Construction
  • Fred & Patricia Freeman
  • Joann Goldstein
  • Pat & Rita Keating
  • Briggs Auto
  • Dr. Nanda Kumar
  • Kistner’s Flowers
  • Along Came Abby    
  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Dr. Mark & Tracy Gros
  • HiTech Interiors
  • Kindred    Sunflower Bank
  • Via Christi Village
  • Andrew’s & Associates
  • Sherry Downy
  • Pediatric Associates
  • Arthur Green
  • Charlson & Wilson Bonded Abstractors
  • Dr. Raymond Datillo        


About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.