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Arthur W. Perdue Foundation helps fund 3D mammography at Beebe Healthcare’s Georgetown campus in Delaware

Salisbury, Md. (Thursday, October 1, 2015) — The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, has committed to a $100,000 grant to help Beebe Healthcare open a second 3D mammography location at its Georgetown Health Campus in Delaware today. The Foundation grant will be awarded in two $50,000 installments over two years.

3D Mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, is the latest advance in digital mammography technology. 3D Mammography means earlier detection and fewer unnecessary biopsies for women.

“We are grateful to The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation for its generous support to bring 3D mammography to Georgetown, and are thrilled that their employees will be able to benefit from this new technology conveniently near their work,” said Judy Aliquo, president and CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation. “With Perdue Foundation’s lead support, this advanced technology, now in two locations at Beebe, will help serve the central Sussex County population. We are excited to be able to expand this state-of-the-art technology in Georgetown and look forward to providing it in Millville in the future.”

“Assuring access to quality health care in the communities where our associates live and work is a priority at Perdue and with The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Foundation. “We are honored to be a part of Beebe’s tradition of excellence in Georgetown and Sussex County, and know that these machines will help save lives.”

The 3D mammography machine takes multiple images of breast tissue using a low-dose scan. The technology improves the ability to see abnormalities in dense breast tissue, reducing the number of return visits. 3D mammography provides the greatest benefit to women with very dense breasts, who may be more likely to develop breast cancer, and those with a higher risk due to family history. Women who fall into these categories will be selected to have 3D imaging.

“With the addition of this second Hologic Selenia Dimensions breast tomosynthesis machine, Beebe is making a huge advance for our patients,” said Dan Mapes, MPA, RT(N), CRA, Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Beebe Healthcare. “Our first machine went into use last October at the Rehoboth Beach Health Campus. This second machine will go into use October 1. Our diagnostic imaging team is excited to provide this new technology for our patients.”

This advance in comprehensive breast care is part of Beebe Healthcare's Breast Health Program, the only one in Delaware to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. It is fitting that Beebe Healthcare will start scheduling patients for this new breast care technology in October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

“Beebe Healthcare will now be able to offer one of the most comprehensive breast cancer programs in the state,” said Judith Ramirez, manager of Oncology Population Health. “We are the first in Sussex County to have this technology which will allow our patients to have increased confidence that even early-stage breast cancers will be detected.”

Schedule your mammography today by calling (302) 645-3278. For more information on Beebe’s 3D mammography program go to www.beebehealthcare.org/3-D-mammo.

About Beebe Healthcare
Beebe Healthcare is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers services throughout Southern Delaware for residents and visitors, including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities providing walk-in care, lab, imaging, and physical rehab services.  For more information, please visit us online at www.beebehealthcare.org.

About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE®,  PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms and our Corporate Responsibility Report at www.perduefarms.com.

About The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work. At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.™

 

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