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County Classic Goes Pink - Foundation's Annual County Classic Supporting Breast Care Services
August 14, 2009

This year's Madison County Hospital Foundation's County Classic golf outing was special. Not only because this year marked the 20th anniversary of the event, but also because this year's event raised approximately $22,000 to expand breast cancer services in the county.

Each year the County Classic golf outing brings the Madison County community together for two days of fun in support of hospital initiatives. Held at the London County Club on August 12 and 13, volunteers and some players wore pink shirts to show their support for MCH's initiative to fight breast cancer in Madison County.

Madison County's breast cancer incident rate is higher than both the Ohio and national average. By using funds from the County Classic to purchase digital mammography and stereotactic biopsy equipment, the hospital is bringing the newest technology in diagnostic testing to the community.

"With this new equipment, we will have the best technology available right here to detect breast cancer," said Mitchell Spahn, MD, Medical Director of the Battelle Breast Care Center at Madison County Hospital.

By using digital imagery, as opposed to traditional film, screening results can be easily transferred among physicians and specialists. This increases effective communication among specialists and allows for a quicker diagnosis.

The stereotactic biopsy equipment will provide a less invasive biopsy option for patients. The stereotactic unit works in tandem with digital mammography. Digital mammography detects the exact location of a tumor or lesion, and the stereotactic equipment guides a small needle to that location and removes a portion of the affected tissue for analysis.

"Right now if a patient wants this type of less invasive biopsy, it means a trip to Columbus. By offering these diagnostic tools, along with our existing breast MRI and sentinel node capabilities, we can provide better patient care right here in Madison County," said Sue Besinger, RN, Breast Care Specialist at the Battelle Breast Care Center.

At this year's County Classic, golfers competed for two days in both individual and team competitions.

Wednesday's 17 four-person golf teams competed in a shamble with awards for both the low gross team and the low net team. Congratulations to the winners!

Low Gross Team: Jack Alcott, Bart Johnson, Brad Payne and Brent Tippy

Low Net Team: Gene Ball, John Brill, Nate Brill and Don Herman

Thursday's 19 six-person golf teams competed in a classic scramble. Congratulations to the winners!

First Place Team: Mike Alexander, Joe Davey, Jim Herman, Mike Quilter II, Eric Ransburgh and Dave Wallace

Second Place Team: Jorge Gonzales, Bryan Howard, Vince Marchese, Gus Miller, Steve Scaggs and Phil Wall

Golfers also competed individually for closest to the pin and longest putt on two specific holes. Closest to the pin in the men's competition was Eric Ransburg. The winner of the women's competition was Kay Majka. Patrick Baker won the men's longest putt and Ginny Edwards won it for the women.

Madison County Hospital and the Foundation would like to thank all the sponsors, golfers and volunteers that made this year's County Classis a success. With the support of the community at events like these, the hospital has raised 1.3 million of its 2 million goal to support breast cancer initiatives in the county.

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