Great Rivers Distributing Co. Inc., donates to Ozarks Healthcare Foundation’s Mobile Mammography Campaign
Great Rivers Distributing Co., Inc., has made a donation of $5,000 to the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation’s fundraising initiative for a mobile mammography unit. The funds will be used to help with costs associated with the purchase of a mobile mammography unit to help make routine screenings more accessible for women who might not otherwise have access to this service.
“We all know family members, employees, and friends who need mammography services,” Greg Beykirch, president and owner of Great Rivers Distributing Co., Inc., said. “We also all know of cases that could have resulted differently had earlier detection been available. We are proud to support this campaign to help others, especially during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and hope that others might step up to help as well.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S. (some kinds of skin cancer are the most common). Finding breast cancer early reduces risk of death from the disease by 25-30% or more. Women should begin having mammograms yearly at age 40, or earlier if they're at high risk. Annual mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most curable stages. Many women put off getting a mammogram due to inconvenience. Studies also show women who are underinsured or uninsured are 35 percent more likely to have a mammogram offered by a mobile mammography unit versus going to an outpatient setting.
“We are extremely gracious for Great Rivers Distributing Co., Inc., and the generosity shown through their donation to our campaign,” Josh Reeves, Vice President of Development at Ozarks Healthcare, said. “With the help of businesses like Great Rivers Distributing, we are confident we can make such a vital health service more accessible to our community and protect the lives of those we love most.”
The Ozarks Healthcare Foundation is currently seeking pledges and donations for the campaign from individuals, businesses, and other organizations. Any business or organization interested in making a donation is asked to please call the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation at 417-853-5200 or contact Reeves directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual donations can be collected online at https://www.ozarkshealthcare.com/support-us/foundation/mobile-mammography-unit-campaign/.
The Ozarks Healthcare Foundation, established in 1998 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with a local board of directors, serves as a liaison between donors and Ozarks Healthcare to assist the hospital in providing excellent healthcare to the communities it serves. For more information or to make a gift to the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation, please call 417-853-5200 or visit https://www.ozarkshealthcare.com/support-us/foundation/.
Ozarks Healthcare is a system of care encompassing primary care and specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation, behavioral healthcare, and home health services. While the 114-bed acute care hospital cares for more than 5,400 admissions, the entire health system has more than 364,000 patient visits annually in South Central Missouri and Northern Arkansas. For more information about Ozarks Healthcare, visit www.OzarksHealthcare.com.
Pictured from left to right: Monica Oaks, Registered Radiology and Mammography Technologist at Ozarks Healthcare’s Cancer Treatment Center, Tom Keller, Ozarks Healthcare President and CEO, Greg Beykirch, Great Rivers Distributing Co., Inc., President and Owner, Kevin Gleghorn, Chairman of Ozarks Healthcare’s Foundation Board of Directors, Glenda Kentner, Registered Radiology and Mammography Technologist at Ozarks Healthcare’s Cancer Treatment Center, Josh Reeves, Vice President of Development and Advocacy and Director of Facilities at Ozarks Healthcare, Robin Morgan, member of Ozarks Healthcare’s Foundation Board of Directors, Troy Bass, and Crystal McKinney, both of Great Rivers Distributing Co., Inc.