Bartow breast cancer care receives assistance from It's The Journey grants
by Marie Nesmith
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Kim Young, RN, director of Health Services at Bartow Health Access gives her son Bo a tour of the unfinished portion of the Louis B. Tonsmeire Clinic that will soon open. The BHA recently was awarded a grant and a “bonus” grant check, totaling nearly $30,000, from It’s The Journey Inc. for breast care. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Kim Young, RN, director of Health Services at Bartow Health Access gives her son Bo a tour of the unfinished portion of the Louis B. Tonsmeire Clinic that will soon open. The BHA recently was awarded a grant and a “bonus” grant check, totaling nearly $30,000, from It’s The Journey Inc. for breast care. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Bartow Health Access and Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition Inc. recently were awarded grants from It’s The Journey Inc. The organizations were among 19 groups in Georgia that received financial assistance from the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer’s producer for their various breast care programs.

Along with a $28,800 grant from It’s The Journey, Bartow Health Access was presented a $1,000 “bonus” grant check courtesy of Jill Easton. A 2-Day Route Marking Captain, Easton’s efforts were recognized with the Lyn Wasserman Service Award, which enabled her to select a beneficiary for the bonus assistance.

“What the grant money will do for Bartow Health Access is allow us to provide breast care for up to 360 women who do not have insurance in our community,” said BHA Executive Director Roberta Green, adding the care will cover procedures required for a breast cancer diagnosis, including mammograms, MRIs, ultrasounds and needle biopsies. “... We still have such a huge unmet need in Bartow County.

“So it means ... when someone comes in to receive their well care or to receive their health care, we will be able to make referrals and pay for in part those bills on their behalf for them to be able to receive that care.”

This breast care will be available for individuals who are patients of the BHA’s Louis B. Tonsmeire Clinic. The nonprofit recently transitioned from a referral center to a primary health care home. Located at 31 Pointe North Drive in Cartersville, the facility features a full-time medical director/family practice physician and part-time nurse practitioner.

Currently seeing patients by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the clinic will be open from Monday to Friday when construction is complete on the unfinished portion of the building in about six weeks. At that time, the facility will contain 10 additional exam rooms, a medical dispensary, a nursing station, laboratory, a community health education space and behavioral health rooms.

Since 2008, the nonprofit has assisted more than 10,000 uninsured residents with health care referrals. To qualify for the clinic’s services, individuals must reside in Bartow and be at least 250 percent below the Federal Poverty Level.

Like BHA, the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition Inc. also is delighted to receive an It’s The Journey grant. The $20,000 in financial assistance will enable the organization to provide diagnostic breast biopsies for indigent women in eight counties: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Polk and Walker.

“We are very proud of the work we do in [northwest] Georgia, this year alone we have brought in nearly $1 million in grant funding for our various programs and projects,” stated NWGRCC Executive Director Gena Agnew in a news release. “Through the financial support of our member organizations and hospitals, we are able to put approximately 95 [percent] of those grant dollars into the region to support these programs.

“This would not be possible without our wonderful partnerships and members. We all work very hard to cooperate and fill gaps in cancer care and not duplicate the efforts of other organizations.”

For more information about the 11th annual Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, which is set for Oct. 5 and 6, visit www.2daywalk.org.