December 9, 2011

Maury Regional Health Care Foundation & YMCA team up for breast cancer program

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – During the past year alone, approximately 4,400 Tennessee women have been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Nearly 120 of those have been treated at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC).

During the coming year, MRMC will be teaming up with the Maury County Family YMCA to provide a program of hope and healing for women who have been treated for breast cancer at MRMC’s Women’s Center.  The YMCA’s After Breast Cancer (ABC) program provides survivors with a 16-week YMCA membership during which they receive a customized exercise plan developed by a Pink Ribbon Certified personal trainer and nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian. Of added benefit to participants is the support and encouragement of caring YMCA and Women’s Center staff members and that of fellow breast cancer patients and survivors. The ABC program is offered at no cost to both YMCA members and non-members.

Maury Regional’s Women’s Center provides a private and pleasant environment for a variety of women’s health services which include digital mammograms, breast MRIs, breast biopsy/ultrasound procedures and bone density studies. The center also offers quarterly educational programs on health issues facing women and provides educational materials on a variety of women’s health topics.

“I am thrilled with the opportunity to partner with the Maury County YMCA for the ABC program,” said    MRMC Director of Infusion and Women’s Imaging Dana Salters. “This program will certainly enhance the array of services already offered here in the Women’s Center, and will assist the women in our community as they journey through breast cancer treatment.”

The ABC program was first conceived and developed in 2000 by the Cool Springs YMCA staff. The Maury YMCA program will be the seventh of its kind in Middle Tennessee, joining the Cool Springs, Brentwood, Clarksville, Bellevue, Maryland Farms and Rutherford County facilities in offering the program. The Maury pilot program will begin accepting participants in January 2012. Current plans are to launch the first sessions with 15 current members of the Maury Regional Medical Center Breast Cancer Support Group.

“I can’t think of a better way to offer our Hope for Life vision to our neighbors and friends in Maury County than through the ABC program,” said Robyn Graham, YMCA Executive Director. “We are honored to join hands with Maury Regional’s Women’s Center to walk beside survivors on their continued journey for a healthy life.”

The Maury County program will be made available, in part, through the sponsorship of the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation. The Foundation provides funds for a variety of projects aimed at meeting health care needs in this area. Some of these include assisting with the cost of medications and medical equipment; transportation for patients in need; operating a hospitality home for cancer patients and families of neonatal and critical care patients; providing wigs and headpieces for cancer patients and a number of other community/health-related projects. Of the $30,000 needed to fund the program, the Foundation supplied $20,000. The remaining funds will be raised by the YMCA.

“Our vision with the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation is to identify unmet health care needs throughout the region and to bring in programs and services to meet those needs,” said Foundation Director Joe Kilgore.  “We look at this as a partnership with the Women’s Center which provides essential medical services and emotional support to patients. Soon the center will be able to add rehabilitation and even more emotional support to our patients through the ABC program at the YMCA.”