Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation Receives $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation


Caption: Front row, starting from the left is Michelle Zellner, Director of Imaging at Cookeville Regional Medical Center; Sondra Hawkins, Personnel Coordinator at Sparta Wal-Mart; Ritchie Houge, Director of the Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation. Back row, starting from the left is Bart Hillis, Membership Manager at Cookeville Sam’s Club; Carl Hooper, Store Manager at Algood Wal-Mart; and Brad Downs, Store Manager at Cookeville Wal-Mart.


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Specifically, the funds will be used to provide breast cancer education, communicate the importance of screening mammography for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer, encourage women to receive a yearly mammogram, provide diagnostic follow up services to any woman whose mammogram indicates the possibility of a breast cancer diagnosis, and help women navigate the breast cancer treatment process. Aimed at high risk populations and the underinsured or noninsured, the Save a Life Mammogram program offers many screening opportunities, with even more to be made possible over the next year by the Walmart grant. Since starting the project in 2008, more than 1,000 women from throughout the Upper Cumberland region have taken advantage of this program.


"The Pink Ribbon Save a Life Project has played an important role in the health of uninsured and underinsured women in the Upper Cumberland region," said Michelle Zellner, director of the Imaging Department at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. "Women tend to take care of everyone else before taking care of themselves. If funds are scarce within a family, they are spent on others first. This program gives these women access to screening mammograms at no cost and assists those with positive findings. Funding from the Walmart Corporation for this project is truly a blessing and is evidence of Walmart’s continued effort to positively impact people’s lives. I have worked many of the screening events and have witnessed first-hand the impact this program has on these women and the appreciation they have for the assistance."


"The Walmart Foundation is very pleased to be supporting Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation, and is committed to helping those in need in the communities where we serve," said Walmart Market Manager Dawn Blocker. "Through this grant, we hope at-risk residents in the state of Tennessee will seek out the information made available through this project and take advantage of the breast cancer screenings offered through the Pink Ribbon Save a Life Project."


The contribution to Cookeville Regional Medical Center Foundation was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s Tennessee State Giving Program. Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State