Health center officials thank donors for new diagnostic system

WARRENSBURG With a celebratory Snip, a pink ribbon across a device standing in an examination room at the local health center was christened. The sand-colored machine looked humble, but it was the core of a technologically advanced diagnostic system now installed at Warrensburg Health Center. This new digital mammography system, which provides clearer, sharper x-rays and computerized analysis of the images, is expected to save lives in northern Warren County and beyond. At the systems ribbon cutting ceremony Feb.15, officials from the Centers parent Hudson Headwaters Health Network showered representatives of the Charles R. Wood Foundation -- which donated $460,000 to purchase the machine -- with appreciation for their grant. Shelly Williams, Imaging Services Manager for the health center, brushed away tears from her eyes as she talked with the donors. Your gift allows us to take care of both the very rich and those who have no insurance, giving them the same high standard of care, she said. Heather Ward, Trustee of the Charles Wood Foundation, responded that she was happy the machine was going to help provide a new gold standard of care in the region. It feels so good to help improve access to advanced health care for an underserved rural population, she said. Foundation Treasures Charlene Wood Courtney said the Foundation board members were thrilled about how We are so happy we can make such an important contribution to health care in the North Country, she said. Williams said that medical statistics have shown that digital technology detects 25 percent more cancer in the earlier stages. Bookings for breast cancer diagnostic work has increased since the machine was installed about 3 weeks ago, Health Center officials said.

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