The Ellen Hermanson Foundation has awarded Southampton Hospital two grants totaling $295,000 to fund technology and patient support services at The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center, the hospital announced Friday.
A grant of $170,700 includes $100,000 that will be applied to the purchase of a Tomosynthesis 3-D Imaging System at the Medical Atrium in Hampton Bays, and $70,700 that will be applied to the purchase of diagnostic and treatment technology including a new DEXA system and Radioactive Seed Localization.
The second grant, of $124,300, will fund Ellen’s Well services including an oncological social worker, the annual “Day of Renewal and Hope,” the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” program and transportation for cancer patients undergoing treatment.
The foundation is a long-time partner of Southampton Hospital’s Ellen Hermanson Breast Center, which is the only facility of its kind on Eastern Long Island, the hospital states. This most recent funding will bring Tomosynthesis to Hampton Bays, providing convenient access for patients who live in communities west of the Shinnecock Canal, and enabling the hospital to invest in new technology to assure correct and timely diagnosis and treatment. The foundation, through its Ellen’s Well program, has always understood the critical need for services that support patients and their families during their treatment and recovery, according to the hospital.
“From the beginning, the Ellen Hermanson Foundation has generously supported the growth and exceptional quality of Southampton Hospital’s breast health program,” Southampton Hospital President and CEO Robert Chaloner said. “The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center has distinguished itself by offering state-of-the-art ‘academic medical center’ care in a warm and compassionate community hospital setting.”
Added Ellen Hermanson Foundation Chair Julie Ratner, “Medical care is not a luxury. The foundation is committed to supporting Southampton Hospital by providing the necessary funds to insure that women and men have access to quality breast health care close to home. That is why we keep the money we raise on the East End in the community.”