West Plains Bank and Trust Company Employees gift donation to Ozarks Healthcare Foundation’s Mobile Mammography Campaign
A group of employees from West Plains Bank and Trust Company have collectively made a special donation of $200 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 are touched by the generosity and enthusiasm this group of individuals from West Plains Bank and Trust Company has shown towards our mobile mammography campaign,” Josh Reeves, Vice President of Development at Ozarks Healthcare, said. “It’s because of the support from community members like them that we are able to continue growing our health system for our community.”
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.
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 Foundation is also hosting a raffle for a 2021 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 truck from Toyota of West Plains to support its mobile mammography campaign. Proceeds from raffle tickets sold will benefit the Foundation’s initiative to purchase a mobile mammography unit in 2022. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased online at https://www.ozarkshealthcare.com/support-us/ or by calling 417-853-5200.
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.
Karen Smith (left) and Gail Colvin (right), both of West Plains Bank and Trust Company, are pictured with Josh Reeves, Vice President of Development at Ozarks Healthcare. Multiple employees from West Plains Bank and Trust collectively donated to the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation’s mobile mammography unit fundraising campaign. (Not pictured: Becky Brewer).