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ROCKINGHAM — FirstHealth Richmond Memorial Hospital will share a $22,806 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure to provide free screening mammograms for early breast cancer detection.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas received the grant for the Rockingham hospital and FirstHealth Montgomery Memorial Hospital in Troy, the health care group announced this week.

“FirstHealth is honored and excited to be a new grantee of Susan G. Komen Charlotte,” Chris Miller, administrative director of FirstHealth Community Health Services, said in a release. “Given the demographic of our patients, screening for breast cancer is essential.”

The nonprofit Komen foundation’s Charlotte office awarded a total of $906,000 to 17 local health programs that provide screening, education and treatment to individuals with limited resources in its 13-county service area. These grants provide breast cancer assistance in areas ranging from mammograms and diagnostics, education and outreach, to treatment support through qualified grantees.

FirstHealth of the Carolinas was the only new applicant to receive the award this year.

Komen Charlotte Community Health Grants support underserved, underinsured and uninsured populations in central North Carolina. Grantees are chosen by an independent grant review panel that scores breast cancer projects and programs on the impact, capacity, collaborations, sustainability, feasibility and evidence-based strategies that will best serve people in the service area.

“We often find that people will forgo necessary health screenings because of the lack of insurance or access to affordable health care,” said Dr. John Krahnert, chief medical officer for FirstHealth of the Carolinas. “This grant gives us the opportunity to provide mammogram screenings for patients who may not have access to health care, and assist with awareness, education, screening and treatment.”

For information on the screenings available at FirstHealth, visit www.firsthealth.org/komenscreenings.

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