Mercy Medical receives funds for cancer work

Maryland Watch

December 18, 1997

Mercy Medical Center announced yesterday that it will be able to continue a program of breast cancer screening and treatment for uninsured women thanks to a $500,000 endowment from the Hoffberger Foundation of Baltimore.

Mercy will receive $100,000 a year for five years, and use the income to support the breast program, said J. Thomas Hooper, vice president for development. Also, he said, the program will receive funds from the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation.

Hooper said the program, which costs about $38,000 a year, is serving about 180 women.

From 1991 until June, the state allowed hospitals to maintain mammogram programs for the uninsured by charging slightly higher rates to all other patients, but that program was discontinued.

Other hospitals, like Mercy, have been seeking support to maintain their programs.

The Baltimore-based Hoffberger Foundation was created in 1942.

The Hoffberger endowment, Hooper said, is the first major gift toward a goal of $6.2 million to support the hospital's Center for Women's Health and Medicine.

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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