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CHAMBERLAIN - Sanford Health announced today it will receive $489,300 in funding over three years from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to establish a digital mammography center for underserved women living in central South Dakota.

Funding from The Helmsley Charitable Trust will be used to renovate the existing mammography service at Sanford Mid-Dakota Medical Center (SMDMC) in Chamberlain. It will serve as a digital mammography suite, aesthetically and operationally designed to serve women. In addition, the Sanford Health Network will provide funding in the amount of $371,836 to purchase and operate a 16-passenger van. The van will travel to Indian Reservations and communities in remote areas in the three-county service area, providing transportation for women to and from the digital mammography facility.

"We want to build awareness of the importance of cancer screening and debunk myths and misconceptions about cancer and cancer treatment," said Maureen Cadwell, CEO of SMDMC. "The center will be created for women, rather than a one-size-fits-all clinic waiting room."