ILWACO — Ocean Beach Hospital Foundation has donated $100,000 to help bring state-of-the-art breast cancer screening equipment to the Long Beach Peninsula.

The foundation’s gift is helping offset the cost of a new digital mammography system at Ocean Beach Hospital. Outgoing foundation president Nancy Campiche presented a check to Ocean Beach Hospital CEO Joe Devin at the foundation’s recent board meeting.

“This gift is a dream realized,” Campiche said. “It reflects a tremendous commitment from the community and from the volunteers who helped organize all of our fundraising efforts.” 

The foundation has been raising money to purchase a digital mammography system for several years. Most of the income for this project was generated through their annual golf tournaments, and the Celebration of Lights auctions, held in early December. Campiche said the Templin Foundation also contributed a generous grant to support the project.

Mammography screening can detect changes in the breast up to two years before a doctor or patient can through a physical examination. With early detection, breast cancer patients have a 98 percent survival rate, according to Dr. Ivan Law, Ocean Beach Hospital's oncologist. “It is the single most important test for breast cancer. Every woman should be checked regularly.”

The system the hospital purchased allows doctors to view test results immediately. It is from a new family of low-dose radiation units with digital imaging technology that exceeds the quality of traditional film mammography.

“This is an investment in the health of our community. Nancy has been a passionate advocate for bringing this service to the Peninsula and we thought it was most appropriate for her to present this gift as her last official act as president,” said Alan Craft, foundation director. 

“I know how hard the foundation has worked to make this a reality,” added Devin. “I’m grateful for their dedication and their partnership with the hospital. It’s really quite amazing when you consider the size of our community and the commitment this represents.”

The foundation’s mission is to improve the health of the citizens of South Pacific County by making healthcare more accessible.

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