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Grant will purchase new mammography system at HHHN

WARRENSBURG Hudson Headwaters Health Network has received a $460,000 grant from the Charles R. Wood Foundation to purchase a new digital mammography system for the Warrensburg Health Center. The Charles R. Wood Foundations incredibly generous underwriting of our new digital mammography system speaks volumes about the good hands into which Charlie left his philanthropy, said John Rugge, M.D. and CEO of Hudson Headwaters. The Wood Foundations commitment to help people in the rural North Country is very special. Early detection of breast cancer saves lives and theres no better test than a mammogram. Rugge said that more than 2,000 women have received mammograms at the Warrensburg Health Center in the past 12 months. The new digital mammography system replaces an analog unit that has operated up to its projected lifespan. Rugge added that the new equipment is expected to be delivered in January. The new digital mammography equipment will be state of the art, said Shelly Williams, imaging services manager at the Warrensburg Health Center. She emphasized that the new unit will have the ability to integrate with a digital x-ray system that the Network will need to acquire in the future, as well as with electronic medical records. Since the beginning of 2003, the number of mammograms given annually at the Warrensburg Health Center has increased by 18 percent. Having mammography available in Warrensburg is clearly essential to health access for women especially those who would likely not travel to Glens Falls if this service is not locally available, Rugge said.

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