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News: More funds needed to complete center for women

CRYSTAL LAKE – When Lynnette Mosson visited Centegra Health System for breast cancer treatment in 2009, she found compassion and high-quality medical care close to her Wonder Lake home. She often refers to the state-of-the-art care she has received in McHenry County. In the fall of 2010, that same support and high-quality medical imaging will be available at one convenient location in the Centegra Gavers Breast Center in Crystal Lake.

The new Centegra Gavers Breast Center in Crystal Lake, currently the Crystal Lake Imaging Center, will serve as the hub for Centegra Health System’s Breast Health program. When it opens in the fall, it will provide McHenry County patients identified with abnormal screening mammograms a full continuum of follow-up diagnostics and required care in a coordinated and centralized location. Centegra has several state-of-the art imaging facilities throughout McHenry County that provide convenient access to individual imaging needs. Imaging services are also offered at Centegra Hospital-McHenry, Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, Crystal Lake Medical Arts and Centegra Health Center-Huntley.

The Centegra Gavers Breast Center will allow patients to visit one location for their entire diagnostic breast imaging needs. Experienced radiologists will interpret images in a timely and sensitive manner and women will receive education and support in a comfortable setting.

The new center is possible because of the contributions of many dedicated and generous donors. The Gavers Community Cancer Foundation is one of those donors and has generously donated $500,000 to provide the initial funding for the breast health center. The foundation’s donation is approximately half of the needed funding. Now, Centegra needs the support of the entire community to complete the project that will provide a coordinated, interdisciplinary, high-quality continuum of care for women’s breast care needs.

As Centegra carries out its commitment to serving the people of greater McHenry County, it relies on the donations of community members who have made many advancements and services possible. The community’s financial support will help complete the renovations of this comprehensive breast health center so the women of this county have a place to turn when their annual mammogram is irregular.

Centegra Health System Foundation raises funds to support superior healthcare for greater McHenry County. The foundation provides Centegra with financial resources by seeking the support of individuals and corporations to bring state-of-the-art services to the community. To make a donation to the completion of the Centegra Gavers Breast Center, call 815-788-5870 or e-mail foundation@centegra.com.