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Thanks to USDA Support, Recovery Act Support, a Georgia Hospital Receives a New Digital Mammography System

Recently, Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton, Georgia, received $200,000 in Recovery Act loan and grant funds to purchase a state-of-the-art digital mammography system. “This equipment will provide better imaging and allow for more accurate diagnostics,” said Donnie Thomas, acting Georgia Rural Development state director. “Providing reliable health care is a priority in rural areas.”

Funds were provided through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility Programs, which are designed to improve the quality of life in rural communities. The $100,000 loan is repayable at 4 percent over 10 years. “This equipment will save lives,” Thomas said. “Keeping medical equipment current can be a big expense, but the benefit far outweighs the cost.”

The existing equipment is an older film-screen system that has been in use since 1999. Digital technology has been proven to find more pathology than the older systems. The hospital routinely screens 83 patients a month. Early detection is more cost effective and leads to better patient outcomes.

Evans Memorial Hospital staff with a new, USDA funded mammography machine  L to R: From Evans Memorial Hospital: Martha Tatum, CEO; Shelley Kicklighter; Angie Smiley, Tammie Eason, and Wendy Boatright. From Rural Development Jeanmarie Deloach, Donnie Thomas, acting state director,  and Ricky Sweat, Baxley area office director.

Evans Memorial Hospital staff with a new, USDA funded mammography machine L to R: From Evans Memorial Hospital: Martha Tatum, CEO; Shelley Kicklighter; Angie Smiley, Tammie Eason, and Wendy Boatright. From Rural Development Jeanmarie Deloach, Donnie Thomas, acting state director, and Ricky Sweat, Baxley area office director.

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