Local financial institutions help fund 3D mammograms

Submitted by Kate Stephens, CPMC

Glacier Bank, First Montana Bank, and Lincoln County Credit Union have teamed up to provide a generous lead gift to the Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Foundation’s 3D Mammography Campaign totaling $60,000.
The Cabinet Peaks Medical Center (CPMC) Foundation recently announced their campaign to raise $500,000 to bring the new technology to Lincoln County, and the banks were among the first to step up to the plate and show their support!
Allye Anderson, lead mammography technologist at CPMC, is leading the charge in educating as many people as possible about the importance of this new technology. “This Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), or 3D Mammography machine is something we need in our community. The machine is picking up 54% more cancers and decreasing false positives by 19%. The decrease in false positives means patient’s nerves are not being worked up, less money is being spent, and breast tissue is not being deformed by biopsies,” stated Anderson. “The reason it can do this is because the machine acquires multiple images in one scan. This allows the radiologist to scroll through the breast tissue instead of just seeing a flat image. With this technology we are obtaining 3D images of the breast tissue.”
Anderson concluded, “DBT helps women and men of all types. We need this technology in our community so patients don’t have to travel out of town to get the best exam possible. If this machine can pick up breast cancer as small as 2mm, think of the lives that could be saved. Breast cancer is a beatable cancer, and this machine gives our community a fighting chance in doing just that.”
Kate Stephens, Executive Director of the Foundation, is grateful to these three financial institutions. “The bank challenge was actually the brain child of Glacier Bank’s George Mercer, who sits on our Foundation Board. His bank committed to a lead gift donation, and led the charge for asking First Montana Bank and Lincoln County Credit Union to do the same. We are incredibly grateful to these three institutions that have come together for the good of the community to support this campaign. All three institutions have shown incredible support to our foundation through our years of working to help bring new technology and a new facility to Lincoln County.”
Glacier Bank has provided a $15,000 pledge to the campaign. George Mercer, Vice President and Branch Manager at Glacier Bank stated, “Glacier Bank is excited to be part of a fundraising campaign that will aid our hospital in furthering the great health care we have available in our small community.”
First Montana Bank has also provided a $15,000 commitment to 3D mammography at CPMC. “First Montana Bank is excited to be one of the lead gift sponsors for the Cabinet Peaks Foundation’s new capital campaign,” stated Jackson Garrison, Market President. “The addition of this 3D mammography machine will help make a huge difference in the lives of many local women. If this addition helps save the life of one woman, it will be well worth the cost. Most of us here at First Montana Bank either know someone or have a loved one who has been affected by breast cancer, and we wholeheartedly support the addition of this valuable resource to our community.”
Finally, Lincoln County Credit Union has pledged $30,000 for this campaign. Lindsay Beaty of Lincoln County Credit Union, is excited about the campaign. “Your local, member owned, financial cooperative, Lincoln County Credit Union (LCCU) pledged to give $30,000 to the 3D Mammography project. Because LCCU is owned by its members and located only in Lincoln County, the volunteer Board of Directors feel a high degree of responsibility to help our community bring this state of the art 3D Mammography machine to Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. Our members will directly benefit from this piece of technology which has been proven to reduce false positive results and detect breast cancer sooner, saving lives.”
Beaty continued, “LCCU is committed to providing its members with excellent financial services. The LCCU Board is committed to its members and the communities that we reside in by contributing generously to organizations and events that benefit many of our citizens. The Board is pleased to be able to assist Cabinet Peaks with improvements that will positively affect the health and well-being of many individuals in our region. We believe that access to high quality health services is important to improving the quality of life for all of us living in a rural area. We commend Cabinet Peaks for its efforts to provide quality health care in our community and are pleased to be able to assist in taking care of our members and all who benefit.”
Currently, the Foundation is over half way to their $500,000 goal.