Last year, more than 200,000 Mississippi women aged 40 and older did not receive a screening mammogram. Fund for the Girls, part of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, solicits donations from individuals and organizations supporting Mississippians by breaking down the financial barrier that prevents some women from seeking needed breast health services. But in contrast to other good programs that provide assistance for a single incident of care, Fund for the Girls is designed to help women through the continuum of breast care services.
Payment for breast health services, including screening and diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds, biopsies and other services as medically indicated, are initiated through request from physicians on staff at Baptist Health Systems. This built-in accountability ensures two important goals of fund for the girls:
• Patients can obtain necessary medical care without financial stress and concern. Working with a patient’s physician means that services provided are driven by what the physician and patient determine is needed as opposed to a predefined set of services.
• Funds are directed to the people with the greatest financial need. Physicians’ offices can determine a person’s ability to pay, while preserving their privacy and dignity. If you don’t have a doctor, we can help you find one.
• All services available through fund for the girls are offered at the Center for Breast Health at Baptist Health Systems.
For more information on how to make a tax deductible donation call 601.968.1489 or visit http://www.fundforthegirls.com/give-to-the-fund/. For information on obtaining mammogram and breast health assistance call Baptist’s Center for Breast Health at 601.973.3180.