Avon Foundation for Women Grant Supports Northern Westchester Hospital’s Breast Health Initiative

Mary Donovan-Greco, Clinical Breast Specialist, NWH; Karen Kapoor, Survivor; Cheryl Heinonen, President, Avon Foundation for Women.


Mount Kisco, NYNorthern Westchester Hospital (NWH)  received a $75,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women   to support the hospital’s Breast Health Initiative for Underserved Women (BHI). Through BHI, women in Northern Westchester receive free, accessible, comprehensive, and timely breast health services from education, screening, risk assessment and intervention to diagnosis, state-of-the-art treatment, and follow-up. The latest grant from the Avon Foundation for Women to NWH makes for a total of $810,000 since 2006.


While some imaging centers in the community provide breast screening, BHI is the only program in Northern Westchester that offers free comprehensive breast health services for underserved women. BHI targets women age 40 and over or those at high risk of breast cancer (92 percent are Hispanic). Ninety percent of BHI patients live at or below the poverty level and 85 percent are without health insurance.


BHI staff use culturally sensitive, bilingual breast health information shared at health fairs/seminars along with individual consultations with a Nurse Practitioner. NWH also offers monthly BHI clinics where patients receive free breast health education, screening (clinical breast exams and mammograms) and risk assessment. The NWH Breast Surgeon Fellow provides needed biopsies and surgery. Funding from the Avon Foundation for Women will support NWH’s efforts that are critical to maintaining BHI’s high patient satisfaction and retention rate.


“We are so pleased to continue to support the Breast Health Initiative at Northern Westchester Hospital, which is providing critical outreach and care to underserved women,” said Carolyn Ricci, program director of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. “The mission of the Breast Health Initiative is closely aligned with our core mission, which is to promote and aid charitable, scientific, educational, and humanitarian activities, with a special emphasis on activities that improve the lives of women and their families. Collectively, we need to ensure that women who do not have the financial means or health insurance still receive high-quality healthcare.”


“With Avon’s incredibly generous support over the years, NWH's Breast Health Initiative has generated significant results, with the number of patients tripling since 2007. In 2016, we look forward to continuing our successful outreach program targeted toward Latina women,” said Mary Donovan-Greco, RN,  clinical breast specialist & coordinator at NWH.  “Providing high-quality breast health services through BHI is critical since studies show that Hispanic women are diagnosed with breast cancer at later stages, often with larger tumors at the time of diagnosis. It is imperative that we continue to educate patients about early diagnosis and identify patients with breast cancer at the earliest stage possible.”


About Northern Westchester Hospital

Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), a member of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, provides quality, patient-centered care that is close to home through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading-edge technology, and a commitment to humanity. Over 650 highly-skilled physicians, state-of-the-art technology and professional staff of caregivers are all in place to ensure that you and your family receive treatment in a caring, respectful and nurturing environment.


NWH has established extensive internal quality measurements that surpass the standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) National Hospital Quality Measures. Our high quality standards help to ensure that the treatment you receive at NWH is among the best in the nation. For more information, please visit www.nwhc.net and connect with us on Facebook.


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One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 21 hospitals and about 450 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ’s owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,600 beds, employ more than 13,300 nurses and have affiliations with about 12,600 physicians. With a workforce of more than 61,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State. For more information, go to www.northshorelij.com

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