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Battelle & Madison County Hospital Launch Fight Against Breast Cancer
October 23, 2008

Battelle and Madison County Hospital have joined together in the fight against breast cancer in Madison County. The reason is simple: Madison County’s breast cancer incidence and mortality rates are among the highest in the state.

According to Mona Flax, Executive Director of the Madison County Hospital Foundation, "Our board members were shocked when they first heard these statistics in December of 2006, and they vowed to take action."

She said early in 2007, the Foundation and leadership of Madison County Hospital launched a Breast Cancer Initiative with two major goals. "The first is to educate women in our community about the importance of early detection," Flax said. "The second is to raise money so that Madison County Hospital can expand breast cancer diagnostic and treatment services for local women."

To date, the Foundation has raised over $1.1 million in gifts and pledges toward its $2 million dollar goal, thanks in large part to a lead gift from Battelle of $300,000. Hospital CEO Fred Kolb noted, "Battelle has long been one of our loyal business partners, and always a friend to the people of Madison County. By stepping forward with this generous contribution, Battelle reinforces its commitment to improving the quality of life and health care in our area."

Dr. Robert Casillas, Vice President and Manager of Battelle’s Biomedical Science and Technology Product Line, said the gift was another way for Battelle to give back to the community. Battelle has a lab facility in Madison County in West Jefferson and makes great efforts to bolster the county. "We are proud to be able to give funds for this important effort," Casillas said. "Reaching out and lending a helping hand is the responsibility of every good corporate neighbor and citizen."

The hospital and the foundation aren’t waiting until all the money is raised to start expanding breast care services. As money becomes available, it is being put to good use.

The most visible example is the new Battelle Breast Care Center at Madison County Hospital, being named for Battelle and dedicated on Thursday, October 23.

The Battelle Breast Care Center is located in the Park Avenue Medical Building in space formerly occupied by mammography and bone density. In addition to mammography and bone density, the newly decorated Center now boasts an examination room and a patient consultation area.

This Center offers a more comfortable atmosphere for patients, and a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating breast cancer. The Center has already extended its hours, offering evening appointments for those who need them.

Campaign funds have also allowed the hospital to hire a patient navigator to assist women who are undergoing diagnostic testing or treatment for breast cancer. The navigator, Sue Besinger RN, is an experienced oncology nurse who is on hand to guide women through any type of procedure or treatment program. Sue provides a variety of special services for patients, from accompanying them to physician appointments to helping them find specific resources they may need.

Battelle’s gift will help the hospital purchase one last critical piece of diagnostic equipment, a digital mammography unit which can also be used to perform stereotactic biopsies. Stereotactic biopsies are a minimally invasive way to diagnose breast cancer. Currently local patients must travel to Columbus for this procedure. The hospital plans to add the digital stereotactic unit to the Breast Care Center in 2009.

Dr. A. J. Beisler, general surgeon, was recently named medical director of the Battelle Breast Care Center. Beisler is a graduate of The Ohio State University and completed his post-doctoral medical fellowship in surgery at Dartmouth Medical School. He is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. Beisler earned an innovation award for establishing a similar breast care center at the Naval Hospital at Cherry Point, NC. He has been instrumental in bringing two state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures to Madison County Hospital, sentinel node biopsies and MRIs of the breast. Funding for the equipment came from the MCH Auxiliary and Radiology, Inc.

According to Beisler, "So many advances have been made in the treatment of breast cancer. If a patient is diagnosed early, her chances of recovering to live a full, healthy life are extremely high. Mammograms, breast self exams and regular check-ups take just a few minutes each year, but can literally save a woman’s life."

Randy Crisp, President of the Madison County Hospital Foundation, states "We are extremely grateful to our community for its strong support of this campaign to date, and especially to Battelle for their generous gift."

"Successfully completing this campaign, will enable us to establish an endowment fund to help women who don’t have adequate health care coverage for the care they need," continued Crisp. CEO Fred Kolb shared his insight, "With the addition of stereotactic, Madison County Hospital can offer a full range of state-of-the-art breast cancer diagnostic and treatment services right here in our community. The physician specialists who provide surgical, radiology, and oncology services for our patients were trained at the finest institutions. They could practice anywhere in the country."

For more information about breast care services at Madison County Hospital, contact patient navigator, Sue Besinger RN, at 740-845-7884 or Battelle media relations specialist T.R. Massey at 614-424-5544 or at masseytr@battelle.org.

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