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HCC awarded $60,000 in grants by Connecticut Breast Health Initiative

New Britain [April 20 2010] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) has been awarded two grants totaling $60,000 from the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative, Inc. (CT BHI, Inc.) toward breast cancer education and research.

A $20,000 grant will support the hospital’s breast cancer program educational initiatives. These include survivorship workshops, manuals for patients with breast cancer, and community education about breast health and breast cancer.

The $40,000 research grant will be used for a study to compare the findings of breast specific gamma imaging (BSGI), MRI and ultrasound used in the evaluation of high-risk patients with dense breasts. HCC radiologist Jean Weigert, M.D., will be the principal investigator. Weigert conducted a previous award-winning study that showed measurable value of a BSGI test over ultrasound in detecting breast cancer as a follow-up to a mammogram.

“We thank the Connecticut Breast Health Initiative for their continuing support of our outreach programs for our patients and the community, and for their supporting our research efforts,” says James Massi, M.D., chief of Surgery.

These grants follow a $15,000 education grant in 2009 from CT BHI, Inc. toward patient education. The new grants’ project titles are “The Breast Health Navigation Program” and “Mammography Comparison using BSGI, Whole Breast USG (ultrasonography), and Breast MRI in High-Risk Patients.”

Last year, HCC launched its breast cancer program, which includes a breast nurse navigator and weekly breast conference meetings. HCC Nurse Navigator Donna Boehm, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., guides patients through the healthcare system from diagnosis through treatment. For program information, please contact Boehm at 860-224-5900, X6307 or visit http://www.thocc.org/services/breast/nurse.aspx.

CT BHI, Inc. has assumed a leading role in the fight against breast cancer in Connecticut since 2003, having awarded 1.5 million dollars in grants. Money CT BHI raises supports breast cancer education and research within Connecticut. The organization’s largest annual fund-raiser, “CT Race in the Park” is May 8 in New Britain’s Walnut Hill Park. It will include walks and runs, refreshments, live music, and games. Deadline for online registration at www.ctraceinthepark.org is April 25.

Contact: Kimberly Gensicki, 860-224-5900, x6507














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