Through its Catch It Early program, Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) has previously offered reduced-cost screening mammograms during the months of May and October. But now, with new grant funding from Susan G. Komen® Central and Northern Arizona and through generous donations from individuals and organizations in the community, women who meet the following criteria can receive a screening mammogram using advanced 3D technology at KRMC, with no out-of-pocket costs:
- Reside in Mohave County
- Age 40 or over
- Has not had a screening mammogram in the previous 12 months
- No health insurance or insurance that does not cover the full cost of a screening mammogram
KRMC will continue this offer as long as funding remains.
A screening mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast that can detect signs of breast cancer long before noticeable symptoms. Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. Currently one in eight women develops breast cancer. If the cancer is detected at an early stage, over 95% of women survive to live full active lives. Unfortunately, when detected at later stages, cancer cells may have invaded other tissues in the body and survival rates decrease. Therefore, it is recommended that women who are at average risk have a mammogram every year starting at age 40. If at higher risk, talk with your doctor about which screening tests are right for you.
In Mohave County, we continue to see an alarming rate of late-stage breast cancer. Therefore, through its Catch It Early program, KRMC is making a concerted effort to educate local women about breast health and reduce barriers to screening so that more breast cancers are detected at earlier, more survivable stages.
KRMC’s Catch It Early program leverages grant funds and community donations with private insurances, state Medicaid (AHCCCS), and the Well Woman HealthCheck Program (WWHP). Women who do not have health insurance are assisted in purchasing insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchange or, based on their income, are assisted in enrolling in AHCCCS or WWHP. All fully cover screening mammograms along with other healthcare services.
Uninsured women who call for a free screening mammogram will be scheduled to receive their 3D screening mammogram on a special “Time Out for Me” day, which occurs on the first Saturday of every month at the KRMC Imaging Center. Representatives from AHCCCS and the Well Woman HealthCheck Program (WWHP) will be on hand to enroll women in their respective programs. If a woman does not qualify for AHCCCS or WWHP, the cost of her screening mammogram will be covered by Catch It Early funds.
Insured women who call for a free screening mammogram can schedule at any time, including “Time Out for Me” Saturdays. KRMC will bill their insurance, but will cover any out-of-pocket expenses with Catch It Early funds.
The goal of the “Time Out for Me” Saturdays is to give local women an opportunity for a bit of pampering. In addition to free mammograms, KRMC will provide refreshments, health information, and other free health screenings at the event. Representatives from Susan G. Komen® Central and Northern Arizona will also be on hand to conduct a workshop for learning important information about breast health. Workshop participants receive a free goodie bag.
Additionally, on “Time Out for Me” Saturdays, KRMC will provide free transportation to women who are disabled or live in outlying areas and have no other means of transportation. KRMC will also have a women’s health nurse practitioner available to do free clinical breast exams for women who do not have a doctor or other healthcare provider.
This offer would not be possible without donations from the community and grants. Special thanks to the generous financial support of the following individuals and organizations: American Woodmark employees; Hologic Corporation; Kingman Daily Miner; Kingman Railroad Museum volunteers; KRMC employees; National Breast Cancer Foundation; Route 66 Station employees; Susan G. Komen® Central and Northern Arizona; and Westside Disposal.
Please contact the KRMC Imaging Center at 928-692-2727 to schedule a “free” mammogram and to learn more about KRMC’s Catch It Early program services.
Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC) is a 235-bed multi-campus healthcare system in Kingman, Arizona that employs over 1,700 employees, 250 volunteers, and 190 physicians/ allied health professionals KRMC is the largest provider of health and wellness services in northwestern Arizona. Among its many healthcare facilities, it is home to an advanced imaging center, cancer center, cardiovascular center, rehabilitation and balance center, wound care center, sleep disorders center, acute rehabilitation specialty hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, hospice home, and beautiful wellness center. KRMC is also a teaching hospital offering residencies in emergency medicine and family medicine and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The hospital received the Arizona Innovation Award for its efforts to proactively enhance healthcare in a rural community. The hospital’s vision is to provide the region’s best clinical care and patient service through an environment that fosters respect for others and pride in performance. For more information visit the hospital website at www.azkrmc.com. You can learn more about our family of healthcare providers by listening to “FOCUS ON YOUR HEALTH” a weekly 30 minute radio program that airs every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on 90.7FM KJZK, Kingman or watching “YOUR HEALTH MATTERS” that airs on local cable Channel 11.