Project Mammogram Provides Breast Services to Underserved Women in Northeast Houston
Women who are uninsured or have high deductibles, and live in zip codes served by Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, may qualify for free breast services provided through Project Mammogram.
A program of the Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Foundation, the project offers free mammograms and appropriate follow-up treatment, including ultrasound and biopsies.
“We’re here to head women down the right path,” says Fran Linton, office manager for Project Mammogram.
“For people who would otherwise have no access to breast care, this program is a lifesaver.”
Project Mammogram provides more than 500 mammograms and ultrasounds annually that typically lead to the diagnosis of 6-13 malignancies a year. It is the only program in Northeast Houston offering these services at no charge.
Begun in 2001 with an initial donation from the Kingwood Women’s Club, which continues to support the program through donations and volunteers, Project Mammogram is also funded in part by Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Susan G. Komen Houston, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Foundation and other community donations. Women who qualify receive a complete clinical breast exam by a registered nurse. If the exam is normal, they are referred to the Memorial Hermann Breast Care Center for a screening mammogram. In the event of a suspicious finding, the staff orders a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound.
Women with abnormal mammogram or ultrasound findings are referred to The Rose, a nonprofit breast cancer organization that partners with Project Mammogram to serve insured and uninsured women in Houston and surrounding counties. If cancer is diagnosed, The Rose navigates them to healthcare programs that pay for services.
“In most cases, women learn that there’s nothing wrong,” Linton says. “But if you feel a lump, you want peace of mind and that’s what we provide, in addition to saving lives.”
Project Mammogram conducts educational sessions and accepts applications at Humble Area Assistance Ministries in Humble on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon; at the Society of St. Stephens in Kingwood on Mondays from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m.; and at Mission Northeast in New Caney on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Qualification is based on income, hospital service area, lack of insurance, high deductible or an income that is not low enough to qualify for Medicaid.
For more information, call Project Mammogram at (281) 540-6443 after 1 p.m.