Women's Golf & Luncheon Benefit a success
Event raises $63,000 for breast biopsy equipment
08 / 22 / 2006
Maria Nelson, Media Relations
Affinity Health System
(920) 554-0686 (pager)
APPLETON, Wis. – More than $63,000 was raised at the St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation 14th annual Women’s Golf & Luncheon Benefit Aug. 7. Proceeds will be given to the St. Elizabeth Hospital Breast Center.
“We had a record-breaking year,” said Barbara Stack, executive director of the St. Elizabeth Hospital Community Foundation. “In addition to being able to purchase a bedside Digital Faxitron, we raised enough money to launch an endowment for Women & Families. This new endowment will provide long-term funding for the unique health care needs of women and families throughout the Fox Cities.”
The bedside Digital Faxitron is used to scan a breast biopsy sample before it is sent to the lab to ensure the sample represents the area in question before it is sent for analyzing. Without this equipment, the samples are now being X-rayed with traditional methods and takes about five minutes to verify the sample. The Faxitron reduces this time to virtually seconds, decreasing the amount of discomfort and anxiety the patient experiences on the biopsy table.
More than 200 women participated in the 14th annual Golf & Luncheon Benefit, emceed by WROE radio personality Chuck Lakefield and NBC26 anchor Stacy Engebretson. Jane Birr, author and life coach, shared a motivating message on health and fitness. The luncheon also included an extensive silent auction, and two 2006 Green Bay Packers season tickets were raffled off at the event. Terrie Pohjola and Beth Nemecek were co-chairs for the event.
For the Editor:
Affinity Health System, a faith-based regional health care network, is the Fox Valley’s second-largest employer, according to the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce & Industry. For the fourth consecutive year, Affinity has been named one of the nation’s top 64 health systems based on clinical performance according to Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. For ten consecutive years, Affinity Health System has been named to the SDI (formerly Verispan) Integrated Health Network Top 100, an annual assessment of the 100 most highly integrated health care networks in the nation. Both St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh rank among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in terms of quality and efficiency, as determined by the 2007 Premier | CareScience Select practice National Quality Award. Members of Affinity include Mercy Medical Center and Mercy Health Foundation, Oshkosh; St. Elizabeth Hospital and the St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Appleton; Affinity Medical Group, a regional network of 25 family practice and specialty clinics – 22 of which are recognized as NCQA Level III medical homes, the highest level of recognition – in 14 communities; Calumet Medical Center, Chilton; and Affinity Occupational Health.