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Grant Will Provide Breast Cancer Assistance


Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation was among the recipients of $330,000 in grant dollars announced by Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa.

Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation was awarded $90,823 on Tuesday, May 1, at a check presentation at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. Those dollars will be used to provide financial assistance for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic services, as well as support, case management and survivorship care.

The check presentation will take place in the Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital lobby. A representative from Susan G. Komen Greater Iowa will be present.

The grant dollars will be utilized to assist women in Cass, Mills Pottawattamie and Shelby Counties, with a goal of reaching 300 women in Methodist Jennie Edmundson’s target population.

We are committed to doing our part to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths over the next decade. We will strive to help women obtain needed services, regardless of their ability to pay. We plan to use the grant dollars to provide much needed screening mammograms and diagnostic services. For those diagnosed with breast cancer we will help them navigate through their diagnosis and survivorship.

Tara Slevin, vice president, Jennie Edmundson Hospital Foundation

Susan G. Komen has a bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the United States by 2026. Komen Greater Iowa has identified a gap in breast health care within minority populations in the state. The grant dollars awarded will provide mammography screenings for underserved and uninsured Hispanic women, prevention awareness and enhance communication between health care providers and patients in rural areas.

“To meet needs we have discovered right here in the communities we serve, this year’s grant slate will fund critical gaps in screening, treatment and education and will help minimize barriers women face in accessing the services they need to stay healthy,” said Jenny Brinkmeyer, Executive Director of the Affiliate. “We are proud to be able to distribute the funds we raise throughout the year, through events like Race for the Cure, to these worthy organizations.”

Other grant recipients included the Polk County Health Department (Des Moines), One Iowa (Des Moines), Promises Community Health Center (Sioux Center) and Genesis Health System (Davenport).

About Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital
Established in 1886 and affiliated with Methodist Health System since 1994, Jennie Edmundson Hospital, is a 230-bed regional health care center serving approximately 250,000 residents in southwestern Iowa. Jennie Edmundson Hospital employs a workforce of 464 full-time and nearly 250 part-time staffers, and has an active staff of 132 physicians. It is the only hospital in this region of the state with the capability to perform emergency angioplasty procedures and has southwest Iowa’s only accredited cancer program.

About Susan G. Komen® & Komen Greater Iowa

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Greater Iowa is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. For more information, call 877-745-6636 or visit