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Gifford Medical receives $40,000 grant from Avon Breast Health Outreach Program

first_imgGifford Healthcare,The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $40,000 grant for 2011 to Gifford Medical Center to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer.The Avon Breast Health Outreach supports community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country and is part of the Avon Foundation for Women, the largest corporate philanthropy dedicated to women’s causes globally.This is the 10th consecutive year that Gifford’s Breast Health Program has received funding from the Foundation, resulting in a total of more than $380,000 invested regionally to increase awareness of the life saving benefits of mammograms and clinical breast exams.The only Vermont recipient, Gifford was selected as one of 126 grantees nationwide in 2011, when a total of $5.2 million was awarded. Organizations like Gifford are chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income and older women, who are often medically underserved.Through the grant, Gifford Breast Care Coordinator Jane Harrness travels the state speaking to women at events like the upcoming Vermont Farm Show in Barre, many of the state’s county fairs, senior centers, prisons, churches, women’s conferences and more spreading the message of early detection and sharing information on resources like Ladies First.Since Gifford first received the grant in 2002, it has provided more than 4,000 mammograms and more than 3,200 clinical breast exam through the program, and referred countless others to hospitals in their region of the state for care. In 2010 alone, Harrness spoke to nearly 6,500 Vermonters about having annual mammograms after age 40, annual clinical breast exams and doing self-breast exams so women know what is normal for them.Gifford’s program also expanded in 2010 to include a second breast care educator, radiology technologist Cheryl Manns. Additionally, Brittany Ward, also a radiology technologist, coordinates the hospital’s new Patient Care Navigator Program. This program is a resource for women facing breast biopsies following abnormal mammograms. Ward helps schedule appointments, answer questions and is with patients throughout the biopsy process.While most breast biopsies do not result in a cancer diagnosis, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States and in Vermont. It’s also the nation’s leading single cause of death overall in women between the ages of 40 and 55. According to the Vermont Department of Health, about 473 breast cancer cases are diagnosed among Vermont women each year. About 92 each year die from the disease.Nationwide, there is a new diagnosis every three minutes. While advances have been made in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure, early detection still affords the best opportunity for successful treatment. According to the Avon Foundation, programs such as Gifford’s help ensure that all women have access to early detection information and options, even poor and medically underserved women.Gifford representatives said they appreciate the strides the medical center has made thanks to the Avon Foundation’s fund raising efforts and generosity.‘We are so pleased that the Avon Foundation shares our mission of improving health and has chosen to support our program for a 10th consecutive year. This grant allows us to educate women on their breast cancer risk, help them access the health care system and ‘ perhaps most importantly in today’s busy society ‘ remind them to make their own health care a priority, for themselves and for their families,’ said Harrness.Since 1993, the Avon Foundation has awarded more than 1,425 grants and a total of nearly $60 million to community-based breast health programs across the United States. These programs are dedicated to educating underserved women about breast cancer and linking them to early detection screening services.***The Avon Foundation for Women and Breast Cancer CrusadeThe Avon Foundation for Women, an accredited 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in 1955 to improve the lives of women and today is the world’s largest corporate-affiliated philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women. Avon philanthropy focuses its funding on breast cancer research and access to care, efforts to reduce domestic and gender violence, its women’s environmental movement to nurture nature, and efforts to provide relief and recovery in times of major natural disasters and emergencies. Since the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade launched in 1992, Avon breast cancer programs in more than 50 countries have raised almost $700 million for research and advancing advance access to care, regardless of a person’s ability to pay. In addition to receiving generous support from Avon Products, Inc., and its sale of Avon ‘pink ribbon’ products, the Foundation raises funds through a variety of events and walks, such as the U.S. Avon Walk for Breast Cancer series, which is the Foundation’s largest fund-raising.The Avon Breast Health Outreach ProgramThe Avon Breast Health Outreach Program is administered by Cicatelli Associates Inc. to support community-based, non-profit breast health programs across the country. The Fund’s National Advisory Board selected the Breast Health Program at Gifford Medical Center as one of 126 grant recipients nationwide in the 2011 cycle of Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund grants. These organizations were chosen based on their ability to effectively reach women, particularly minority, low-income, and older women, who are often medically underserved.Gifford Medical CenterGifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt., is a community hospital with family health centers in Bethel, Chelsea, Rochester and Sharon and specialty services throughout the central Vermont. Gifford is a full-service, non-profit hospital with a 24-hour emergency department, a 25-bed inpatient unit and a Transitional Care Unit. Gifford has a day care as well an adult day care and an award-winning 30-bed nursing home, the Menig Extended Care Facility, which opened in 1998 on the main campus. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to the traditional hospital-based deliveries and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care.Designated as a Critical Access Hospital, Gifford’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable and high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.last_img read more

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Tipp facing brace of tough challenges

first_imgTipp senior footballers aren’t even considering promotion as a possibility at this stage of the National Football League.They travel to Down this weekend in the penultimate game of the league group stages, with a trip to table toppers Cavan a week later.Liam Kearns says Down have been unlucky with their results so far and they’ll make for tough opposition for the Premier. Speaking following Tipp’s victory over Louth, he said the next 2 games up north will be massive tests.last_img

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Heisler: The Clippers were something, the Lakers something else

first_imgCinderellas R Them.There was once a little team that went from an eccentric owner’s laughingstock rattling around the Sports Arena … to local wannabes who were ignored even while averaging 50 wins in Staples Center … to this season’s surprising start with the remnants of their Chris Paul-Blake Griffin-DeAndre Jordan heyday … to management’s decision to trade leading scorer Tobias Harris and staring guard Avery Bradley, looking like they intended to tank … to their even more surprising 18-9 finish … to upending the Warriors’ world twice … before, at long last, succumbing.It’s the story of the 2018-19 Clippers, the proudest moment for an NBA team with “Los Angeles” in its name since the Lakers won their last championship in 2010.Unfortunately for local fans, the Lakers haven’t even been in the playoffs since 2013, so the competition hasn’t been all they would like. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFirst-round drama is usually forgotten by the second round, but the Clippers’ stand won them something lasting.Respect.“What’s been really impressive is that they won while they were rebuilding,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before their Game 6 victory. “When I see the Clippers, I see a team building a foundation, something substantial, something real.“You can see what they’ve done and how special this team has been – and the remarkable thing is, they traded their best player and got better. Think about that. Tobias Harris was having an All-Star year. …“It’s a great story. It’s a model for other teams, I think, to try to compete and rebuild at the same time. It’s not an easy thing to do.” The Clippers’ heroic stand was so brief and the highs so unexpected, there was barely time to scramble onto their bandwagon.With few giving them a chance, only true believers must have tuned into Game 1 … with few of those staying to the end of the 17-point loss.By the time they trailed by 31 in the second half of Game 2, the Clippers must have been down to family and friends … before their record-setting comeback.The Warriors then restored order in Games 3 and 4 in Staples Center … we all thought.By Game 5 in Oakland, the Warriors were trying to stay focused amid the buildup for their coming matchup with Houston.Nevertheless, who didn’t think that the Clippers would finally realize they were toast?Remarkably, once more, the Clippers refused to quit. Within one point with 2:40 left, they outscored the Warriors 12-3, with Lou Williams outscoring Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson combined by an 8-3 margin.The Warriors finally extinguished the uprising in Game 6, ending the local NBA season. Now for the long-awaited free-agent summer of both teams’ dreams.Yet to be seen is whether this is a random moment, or if their diverging fortunes and savvy will mean something lasting, with the Lakers’ front office spinning like a top and the Clippers earning raves.The Clippers’ front office is functioning at a high level as the deadline moves showed, bringing a coveted, unprotected No. 1 pick from Miami.Unprotected No. 1 picks are rare, making this one a prize, originally sent by Miami to Phoenix for Goran Dragic in 2015, moved to Philadelphia last spring for Mikal Bridges … even if the front office was surely as surprised by the team’s post-deadline surge as everyone else.“Clippers” now means more than it did a week ago, with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith declaring they have “a better than 50 percent chance” of signing both Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard.The Lakers, meanwhile, remain holed up with no team official having appeared in public since team president Magic Johnson resigned April 9.Jeanie Buss is reportedly going forward with GM Rob Pelinka, but has yet to confirm that or let him appear to reassure fans … and free agents … that they’re still the Lakers, proceeding on the same agenda.As little as Pelinka’s controversy-filled career as an agent prepared him for this, he’s a bright guy who can handle himself in public. Jeanie won’t even trust him with that.Nor does Pelinka have anything like a free hand, enmeshed in the family-obsessed organization.Jeanie, who never participated in basketball operations, is now in the meetings with her best friend, Linda Rambis – another Lakers marketing official who is now said to exert influence in basketball ops – and Linda’s husband, Kurt.Criticized for not looking outside the organization, Jeanie’s answer is More Family. A veritable delegation of Busses went to Philadelphia last week to interview 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams: Jeanie, Jesse Buss, Joey Buss, plus Pelinka, Linda and Kurt Rambis and Tim Harris, yet another Lakers executive who hasn’t participated in basketball ops until now.Ominously for the Lakers, July 1 is looming with free agents gathering final impressions of who’s dynamic and who’s defunct.Last week, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, who spent recent seasons covering LeBron James in Cleveland, tweeted that LeBron’s trust in the Lakers organization “has been damaged.”It’s safe to assume it came from James’ people. LeBron denied it – on Instagram. He hasn’t appeared in public since Magic left, either.Meanwhile, Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher reported that before leaving, Magic saw emails from Pelinka to Jeanie about Johnson’s absence.Magic then tweeted, “The truth will always come to light” – without saying what he was referring to.Oh, and Magic also tweeted he’s still in the loop and will participate in free-agent recruiting.Yes, it has been the way it is around here for as long as there have been two teams.No, I don’t know where we go from here.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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