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Parkland Health Center Foundation contributes to Radiology Department

The newly formed Parkland Health Center Foundation is very pleased to announce its first philanthropic gift to Parkland Health Center. The Foundation purchased a Sentinelle Vanguard S-Series breast coil and has recently presented this gift to the Parkland Health Center Radiology Department. This is a specially designed coil that enables Parkland’s radiology department to perform breast MRI’s in conjunction with mammography and breast ultrasound. In addition, the new coil has breast biopsy capability and that technology will be in place in early 2010. 

The Foundation’s gift has enhanced the commitment that Parkland has made to provide state-of-the-art radiological services to its patients. During the past year alone, the department has added digital mammography, a Siemens SOMATOM Definition AS 64-Slice CT Scanner, and a Siemens MAGNETOM Espree MRI. Steve Thomure, manager of Parkland’s radiology department, stresses that patients can receive advanced imaging studies locally at Parkland Health Center.

Katie Rhodes, chairperson of the Foundation Board, stated, “The Foundation is genuinely pleased to provide funding for the breast coil. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to support the healthcare needs of our community through funding for other projects.”

The Parkland Health Center Foundation is a new 501(c)3 charitable organization that was founded with an anchor gift from the Alex Hawn estate. Its purpose is to secure philanthropic support for Parkland Health Center to accomplish its mission of providing extraordinary care.

The Parkland Health Center Foundation Board has carefully selected the following five areas on which to focus: leading-edge technology and clinical equipment, clinical services, high quality physicians and other medical professionals, a thriving workforce that provides superior patient care and is passionate about service excellence, and public health education. The Foundation would be pleased to receive cash contributions, bequests, memorials or honoraria, appreciated securities, and charitable gift annuities and trusts. The board will carefully ensure that funds received are utilized in accordance with the donor’s intent.

Parkland Health Center is part of BJC HealthCare, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the healthcare field.  BJC HealthCare also includes St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the teaching hospitals for Washington University School of Medicine.  For additional information about Parkland Health Center or its foundation, please call (573) 760-8280.

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