Dr. Phillips Charities partners with physicians to contribute $3 Million for State-of-the-Art Equipment for Florida Hospital

For the first time in decades, the lifespan of women is declining. Heart disease and cancer, the leading causes of death in women, touch many Central Floridians each day.In Orange County alone, 75,000 mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends will battle breast cancer.

Physicians at Florida Hospital are on the frontlines of fighting diseases, and they know firsthand the life-saving benefits of state-of-the-art equipment. That’s why theyaccepted a challenge from Dr. Phillips Charities to make a difference in the lives oftheir patients.

Dr. Phillips Charities inspired hundreds of practicing doctors and retired physiciansto give $1 million. Dr. Phillips Charities responded by matching $2 for every dollar contributed. Together, this team raised $3 million to purchase new FDA-approved equipment that screens, diagnoses and helps treat breast cancer.

“We are so grateful for the contribution these physicians are making to the women of Central Florida,” says Dr. Lori Boardman, executive director of Florida Hospital for Women. “Not only are they committed to their patients, but these financial gifts demonstrate their dedication to helping ensure that more women have access to the range of imaging modalities needed to diagnose breast cancer.”

In honor of their inspiring generosity, Dr. Phillips Charities, and the physicians at Florida Hospital, were named the Florida Hospital Foundation Philanthropists of the Year for 2014.

These collective funds will expand services offered by Florida Hospital with the purchase of three 3D mammography pieces of equipment, a high-end CT scanner, and automated 3D breast ultrasound technology, which will be housed at Winter Park Memorial Hospital.
 
“Digital mammography technology is currently the best tool overall to aid in the early detection of breast cancer,” says Dr. Jennie Yoon, Florida Hospital and FRi Women’s Imaging Medical Director. “In my practice, I see people who should have had a mammogram five years ago but unfortunately had to delay. Now this new community equipment will be accessible to more women thanks to Dr. Phillips Charities and physicians at Florida Hospital.”
 
 
Thanks to this generous matching challenge, more women than ever in our community will have access to these state-of-the-art tools:
 
• 3D Mammography: a new imaging technology that improves the likelihood of breast cancer detection and reduces the need for repeat exams
• Dual-source, 256-slice Premium Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner: The latest addition to a class of high-end CT systems offering advanced imaging and reduced radiation dose
• Automated 3D Breast Ultrasound: As an adjunctive screening examination to mammography, this equipment improves detection of cancer in women with dense breast tissue and visualizes smaller cancers
 
“It is inspiring to know that physicians at Florida Hospital came together to help continue technological advancements in this community,” says Ken Robinson, president of Dr. Phillips Charities.
 
“Dr. Phillips is proud to partner with those who step forward to bring more awareness, screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.”
 
This article was originally posted in Florida Hospital Foundation's newsletter. View the original article here.
 
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