The Crossing Rivers Health Foundation hosted La Soiree 2016 - Petals of Hope on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien. More than $38,000 was raised- with all proceeds assisting with the purchase of a new 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography and biopsy unit for the Medical Imaging Department at Crossing Rivers Health.
“We will save lives with this new technology,” said Tim Clark, Director of Medical Imaging. “Credit goes to generous donors and the leadership of Crossing Rivers Health, who recognize the importance and value in having the best breast imaging technology available to the women of our region. This new equipment gives us diagnostic capabilities not currently available in Prairie du Chien, or even within 50 miles.” Clark added, “Furthermore, it’s so important to Crossing Rivers Health that the women of this region have access to the best in breast imaging technology that the Medical Center will not be charging any additional cost for a 3D Mammogram- versus the cost charged for a 2D screening.”
Dr. Alisa Johnson, Radiologist and Breast Imaging Specialist at Crossing Rivers Health was the keynote speaker at the fundraising event and presented enlightening statistics and information to more than 150 attendees. Dr. Johnson shared, “Instead of two images of each breast, the new 3D Tomosynthesis equipment will allow us to see approximately 120 images of each breast, increasing the cancer detection rate by 41%. The 3D mammography technology provides a more detailed image of tissue which increases diagnostic accuracy, resulting in detection of breast cancers at their very earliest stages and also decreasing the number of patients called back for additional imaging.”
Dr. Johnson added, “With early detection, the survival rate of patients with the earliest stage of breast cancer is nearly 100%. We know early detection of breast cancer saves lives and we want to provide the best health care to our community.”
Numerous sponsors helped to make the evening a success, including lead sponsors, Peoples State Bank and NXC Imaging. A silent and live auction featured some fabulous donated items, including a seven night stay at the Five Star Villa near Disney, guided fishing trip, Henry .30-.30 gun, jewelry, artwork and more. The evening ended with great musical talents from the band Studebaker 7.
Foundation Director, Sasha Dull, said, “This was a great event, and a special way for the local community to be a part of something that directly impacts and benefits women in our immediate area. Our communities deserve access to advanced technology and the best health care. $38,000 is a wonderful contribution to the health and wellness of women throughout our region. We are so grateful to all of the generous donors.”
The new mammography and biopsy equipment is now available at Crossing Rivers Health Medical Center. More information about this technology can be found at www.crossingrivers.org.