TICONDEROGA - Inter-Lakes Health will bring a state-of-the-art digital mammography system to Ticonderoga, thanks to the the Charles R. Wood Foundation.
The Glens Falls-based foundation has awarded Inter-Lakes a $185,000 grant to purchase and install the advanced breast cancer screening system.
The system is expected to be up and running by late November.
Women interested in scheduling their annual mammogram or who want more information should call Inter-Lakes' Radiology Department at 585-3758.
"This grant from the Charles R. Wood Foundation means that our community will have another advanced diagnostic tool right here at home. As Inter-Lakes continues to expand services and technology, our staff continues to advance their training and expertise, as well. We will continue to offer shorter wait times and convenient hours at our campus right here in Ticonderoga," said Kevin Haughney, Inter-Lakes CEO/CFO. "We are truly grateful to the Wood Foundation for this wonderful donation."
"It's important for the health and well-being of women throughout the Ticonderoga region to have access to this state-of-the-art diagnostic tool," said Bobbie Wages, president of the Charles R. Wood Foundation. "With this grant, the Wood Foundation continues the legacy of Charles R. Wood: Providing assistance in areas of special need - like health care - to regional communities and organizations."
Replacing film-based screening exams, the digital system offers a variety of benefits for patients. The digital image that the radiologist sees is much sharper and clearer than traditional film-based images, helping doctors to detect breast cancer in its earlier stages and to make more accurate diagnoses.
Doctors can also digitally manipulate the image to make it lighter or darker, and zoom into or rotate the image to look more precisely at any point on the image.
In addition, because the image is digital, radiologists can send the image to any primary care physician or specialist connected to the physicians' internal computer network for further review and analysis.
The Digital Mammography System will be a welcome addition to Moses- Ludington Hospital's Early Prevention Center. Made up of three diagnostic tools - digital mammography, bone density scanner (checking for osteoporosis) and ultrasound (used diagnostically) - the Early Prevention Center works with patients and their doctors to screen for cancers and other health concerns and begin treatment on them as early as possible.
The health services of Inter-Lakes Health, Inc., include Moses-Ludington Hospital, which provides emergency care, day surgery, diagnostic testing, primary care and rehabilitation services; Heritage Commons Residential Healthcare, a skilled nursing facility for long-term and temporary rehabilitative care; Lord Howe Estates, an apartment complex for senior citizens and people with disabilities eligible for federal housing assistance; Moses-Ludington Adult Care, an adult home; Inter-Lakes Medical Supply, a medical equipment and products company; and Inter-Lakes Dental Clinic. All are housed on the Inter- Lakes Health campus in Ticonderoga.
The Charles R. Wood Foundation was founded in 1978 by the late philanthropist and founder of Storytown USA, now The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom. Its mission is to provide assistance to areas of special need in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas.