Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sutter Amador Hospital Makes Progress Toward Matching Grant to Purchase 3-D Mammography Unit

Local Donor Challenges Community With Additional Match Opportunity

With $46,335 in support still needed before the end of the year toward the Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation’s matching grant campaign, a local donor has offered an additional matching opportunity. The Stanley Lukowicz Family Fund in the Amador Community Foundation will match any gifts up to $35,000 made now through Dec. 1, 2014 to help the hospital acquire a new mammography unit with 3-D capabilities.
“We are pleased to support Sutter Amador Hospital’s campaign to acquire the latest mammography technology. By investing in our local hospital, we are ensuring that members of the community have access to the very best care, close to home,” says Stanley Luckowicz.
Thanks to strong community support, the Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation is over the halfway mark in its matching grant campaign. The foundation seeks to raise $150,000, which Sutter Health, the non-profit parent company of the hospital, will match, if raised by the end of the year.
To date, 45 business and individuals have contributed $103,665 toward the purchase of the new mammography unit. Donors who have supported the initiative with a gift of $5,000 or more are:
·         Stanley Lukowicz Family Fund in the Amador Community Foundation
·         Matt and Jody Davis
·         Lisa Guirguis, M.D. & John S. Lee, M.D.
·         Robert Hartmann, M.D. and Mel Welsh, M.D.
·         MACT Health Board
·         Anne and Bruce Platt
·         Sobon Family Wineries
The new mammography technology captures 3-D high-resolution images of the breast using low-dose X-rays. Because it enables radiologists to better determine the size, shape and location of potential tumors with a single scan, the technology can effectively increase detection rates and decrease the need for follow-up scans and procedures.
By improving early detection and diagnosis, the 3-D mammography unit can improve health outcomes for women with breast cancer, while reducing the number of healthy women who receive false positive test results, additional scans and biopsies.
“Community donors are vital to enabling the hospital to deliver the state-of-the-art breast imaging and diagnosis to patients in the area,” says Anne Platt, SAH CEO. “We are extremely grateful to the Stanley Lukowicz family and the Amador Community Foundation for their generosity and for encouraging others to support this important campaign.”
At Sutter Amador Hospital, philanthropy funds health-care services and programs that enhance patient care and help meet the growing needs of our community.  One hundred percent of funds raised remains local and supports a donor’s specific area of interest – whether it is surgery, oncology, emergency services or another hospital service or program. For more information about the Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation’s 2014 matching grant campaign, or other philanthropic opportunities, please call Jody Boetzer in the philanthropy office at (209) 257-7619.
The current Sutter Amador Hospital Foundation volunteer board members are Paul Beatty, M.D.; David Carlson; Doris Carrillo-Dunn; Richard Forster; Jim Gullett; Marv Hampton; Anne Lintz; David Melniczek, M.D; Paul Molinelli, Jr.; Loretta Porteous; D’Arcy Porter; Rose Radotic; Betty Saterlie; Paul Sobon and Kevan Spence.

PHOTO (L-R): Anne Platt, SAH CEO; Jody Boetzer, Philanthropy and Marketing Manager; Stan Lukowicz and Kathleen Harmon, Amador Community Foundation Executive Director

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