May 04, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Beth Jansa, PR Manager
Atlanta – May 3, 2018 – Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta has announced that the DeKalb Medical Foundation is a recipient of the organization’s annual grant awards. DeKalb Medical will receive $56,000 of the more than $1 million grant to fund breast cancer diagnostic services for uninsured and underinsured women with a focus on underserved populations, including the immigrant and refugee community in Clarkston.
Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta provides breast health and breast cancer services for underserved and uninsured men and women. DeKalb Medical will use the grant dollars to provide diagnostic imaging, biopsies and physician services to women who otherwise could not afford the cost of finding out if the lump or lesion found on screening mammogram or by clinical or self-exam is cancerous.
“We are so grateful to be one of Komen Atlanta’s grant recipients,” said Dr. Qammar Rashid, director of DeKalb Medical’s Comprehensive Breast Care program and surgeon with DeKalb Medical Physicians Group Surgical Associates. “With these funds, we will be able to provide earlier intervention closer to home for more women. Diagnosing breast cancer is an expensive process, and women often put off getting follow-up mammograms or biopsies because they simply can’t afford them.” Dr. Rashid added, “By providing this financial support, we hope to diagnose women earlier in the disease process, while their breast cancers are still curable.”
“A key part of Komen Atlanta’s work is to meet the most critical needs of our community,” added Cati Diamond Stone, Komen Atlanta Executive Director. “Our community grants are awarded to local health care partners who provide high quality care and address barriers to care, like financial burdens, transportation and childcare. We are thankful for our local partners and their commitment to working with us to lower breast cancer mortality in metro Atlanta.”
About DeKalb Medical
DeKalb Medical is a not-for-profit health system consisting of three hospital campuses (DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, DeKalb Medical Long-term Acute Care at Downtown Decatur, and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale), as well as 50 DeKalb Medical Physician Group offices and 158 multi-specialty providers in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. The medical staff includes more than 800 doctors in 55 specialties. In 2017, Atlanta Magazine named 94 DeKalb Medical physicians as “Top Doctors.”
Founded in 1961, DeKalb Medical is an integral member of the community, offering a variety of premier services, including joint replacement, surgical weight loss, mammography, cancer treatment, heartburn solutions, Georgia’s only certified medical fitness center and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international “Baby-Friendly” hospital designation. DeKalb Medical is also a certified Primary Stroke Center. To learn more about DeKalb Medical, please visit our website: www.dekalbmedical.org.
About Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta
Metro Atlanta women are dying of breast cancer more often when compared to women in the U.S. as a whole. And that has to change. Komen Atlanta fights breast cancer on two fronts: at home in metro Atlanta by providing breast health and breast cancer services for those who cannot afford them, and globally by funding cutting edge research to find cures. Komen Atlanta has raised $49.6 million since its inception in 1991 and has invested these funds in Metro Atlanta to save lives locally and in cutting edge research to save lives all over the world. Komen Atlanta is part of the national Susan G. Komen organization, the largest private funder in the fight against breast cancer. For more information visit KomenAtlanta.org.