Mercy Received Funds From Pink Aid to Support Breast Health on Long Island
For the fifth consecutive year, Pink Aid has awarded Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital funds to support breast health services for the uninsured on Long Island. The grant will cover mammograms, sonograms, breast biopsies, breast MRIs, secondary screenings like the molecular breast imaging (MBI) and more.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a record-breaking number of job losses across Long Island (and beyond), which inevitably has resulted in loss of health care coverage for many in our community. Pink Aid continues to fund Mercy and allow us to serve our community, regardless of their health care status, with free services for the uninsured. Early detection is key; therefore, we encourage individuals to take advantage of the opportunity as soon as possible. Don’t let the fear of COVID-19 keep you from making an appointment. At Mercy, I can assure you we have measures in place to ensure a safe and sanitary environment for all appointments,” said Alice Kim, MD, director of breast imaging at Mercy Hospital.
Patients must be at least 40 years old to qualify and live in Nassau or Suffolk counties. Those under 40 who have special circumstances (i.e. a lump) could qualify. Beginning in May 2021, Mercy’s Department of Radiology will be hosting free screening days the first Saturday of every month from 8 am – 3:30 pm.
The Department of Radiology is a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and its radiologists are board certified by the American Board of Radiology. It offers state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other serious and chronic illnesses. The center provides a single site for patients to receive multiple services such as 3D digital mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and biopsies using ultrasound, stereotactic and MRI guidance for greater accuracy in diagnosing breast cancer, as well as bone densitometry for the diagnosis of osteoporosis. Patient navigation is available to assist individuals with follow-up care and overall support.
Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are preferred. To make an appointment, call (516) 705-1301 and mention Pink Aid. For information about Pink Aid, call (516) 705-1399. For more information about Mercy Hospital call (516) 62-MERCY or (516) 626-3729.