Memorial Hospital plans to use a new grant of more than $23,000 to educate women about breast cancer through health fairs and community events.
Hospital spokeswoman Josette Myers said the funding will help pay for a lunch-and-learn program the hospital conducts at local businesses to reach women while they are working.
In the fall, the hospital plans to launch a campaign to reach out to underinsured and uninsured women about breast cancer.
"One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and with this program we feel that we can be reaching people earlier and talking abut the importance of early detection," said Myers.
The grant comes courtesy of the Philadelphia affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and was presented in March.
Katie Herrington, Memorial's breast health educator, and Jason McSherry, development and grant specialist, represented the hospital at the awards luncheon.
Memorial Hospital was chosen to receive the grant of $23,445 because it represents one of the finest health care organizations among the 15 counties in the Komen Philadelphia affiliate's region, according to a news release from the organization.
"Memorial Hospital, as well as our other grantees, is hard at work every day in our neighborhoods breaking down barriers, making critical connections to women and the loved ones who support them, and building bridges to the cures," said Elaine I. Grobman, CEO of the Philadelphia affiliate.
The affiliate distributed more than $2 million to 44 organizations out of the funds raised from the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure. The next race will be held May 13.