Free mammograms for low income women in Northwest Indiana

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Bearing up: Methodist Hospitals' mamography manager, Jennifer Sanders (from left), mammography technologist Laureen Pilla, and radiologist Dr. Anastasia Siatras celebrate the hospital's new Chicago Bears partnership with the team's mascot, Staley Da Bear. | Supplied photo


Bears Care, the charitable beneficiary of the Chicago Bears, awarded a $25,000 grant to Methodist Hospitals to help provide at-risk women in Northwest Indiana with access to essential breast cancer detection and diagnostic services.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Methodist Hospitals and our Breast Center,” said Methodist Hospitals radiologist and Fellowship-trained breast imager, Dr. Anastasia Siatras. “We are honored and thrilled that the Bears Foundation recognized our vision to serve the people of our community in the best manner possible.”

Community outreach is an essential element of Methodist Hospitals’ mission.

Ian McFadden, president & CEO of Methodist Hospitals, said, “This grant will enable us to establish a program to provide annual free screening mammograms for high-risk, low-income and/or minority women in Northwest Indiana.”

As part of a program named “No Woman Left Behind,” the hospital will be matching the grant. That will allow the hospital to provide a total of 500 free mammograms.

“Our program’s long-term goal is to provide early diagnosis and improved outcomes for breast cancer treatment among women in need,” McFadden said.

“Lake County has one of the highest mortality rates from breast cancer in the state of Indiana,” explained Dr. Siatras. “We need to reach out to women who do not have the means of getting screening mammograms. The key to breast cancer is early detection.”

“When we screen, we know that some women will need additional follow-up,” said Jennifer Sanders, Methodist Hospitals’ mammography manager. “Thanks to the Methodist Hospitals Foundation, we can offer that follow-up care”

One of the Methodist Foundation’s auxiliaries, Krewe Athena, has raised $10,000 to provide additional views and ultrasounds for low-income women.

The program will begin on Oct. 1 — the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Call (219) 981-5440 to learn if you qualify for a free screening mammogram, and to schedule an appointment.

“When women come in for these screenings, we want them to know we really care and will do what we can to help them stay on track with their screening guidelines,” Sanders said.


Methodist Hospitals has achieved the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology. The designation guarantees the highest level of care for patients.

This fall will mark the sixth season of the “Real Bears Fans Wear Pink” campaign. The team and Bears Care will officially recognize National Breast Cancer Awareness Month when the Bears face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Provided by Methodist Hospitals