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For Immediate Release:
June 31, 2009
                                   
Media Contacts: 
Karl J. Sisson, Director of Development, Women’s Christian Association Hospital
(716) 664-8423 karl.sisson@wcahospital.org

Philip H. Serghini, Senior Manager, Public Affairs & Government Relations, Walmart Stores, Inc.
(212) 533-2186 philip.serghini@wal-mart.com

Women’s Christian Association Hospital Receives $42,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Assist with Digital Mammography Upgrade

JAMESTOWN, New York, June 31, 2009 – The Women’s Christian Association (WCA) Hospital today received a $41,800 contribution to assist with upgrading their Center for Imaging & Medical Arts from film to digital mammography. The grant, which was given to the non-profit organization through the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, will help fund faster and more accurate mammography results for the hospital and its patients.

“Early detection of breast cancer means faster intervention and improved survival rates.  The Walmart Foundation’s grant to WCA Hospital prepares us for the future by supporting the acquisition of a premier digital mammography system that will result in early detection and positively impact the lives of those we serve,” said Betsy T. Wright, President and CEO of the Women’s Christian Association Hospital. “WCA is extremely grateful to The Walmart Foundation for its generosity and for taking a lead role in being among the first to bring this new technology to our region.”

Through this grant, mammography images are easier to access, store, transmit, and retrieve, and can be acquired at a lower radiation dose without compromising quality. In addition, digital mammography is more accurate than film mammography in detecting cancer in women under the age of 50.

“Walmart is pleased to be able to provide the WCA with this grant which will directly impact the health and well being of women throughout region,” said Philip Serghini, Senior Manager for Walmart Stores, Inc.

The contribution to the Women’s Christian Association Hospital was made possible through the Walmart Foundation’s New York State Giving Program (SGP). Through this program, the Walmart Foundation supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation State Giving Program strives to award grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.

To be considered for support, perspective grantee organizations must submit applications through the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program’s online grant application.  Eligible applicants must have a current 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to meet the program’s minimum funding criteria.  Additional information about the program’s funding guidelines and application process are available online at www.walmartfoundation.org/stategiving.

From February 2008 through January 2009, the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $423 million in cash and in-kind gifts, an $85.6 million increase over its global giving in the previous year.  Walmart’s FYE 2009 giving breakdown:

  • In the U.S., Walmart donated more than $378 million in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $296 million in 2007.
  • In international markets, Walmart gave $45.5 million in cash and in-kind gifts, up from $41 million in 2007.
  • Globally, Walmart’s customers and associates gave more than $106 million through in-store giving programs that benefit local charities.
  • In total, Walmart, its Foundations, its customers and its associates supported communities around the globe with nearly $530 million in charitable contributions during FYE 2009.

About Philanthropy at Walmart Stores, Inc.
Walmart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and the Walmart Foundation are proud to support the charitable causes that are important to customers and associates in their own neighborhoods. Through its philanthropic programs and partnerships, the Wal-Mart Foundation funds initiatives focused on creating opportunities in education, workforce development, economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and health and wellness. From February 1, 2008 through January 31, 2009, Walmart – and its domestic and international Foundations – gave more than $423 million in cash and in-kind giftsglobally. To learn more, visit www.walmartfoundation.org.

About the Women’s Christian Association Hospital
WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Chartered in 1885, the Woman's Christian Association of Jamestown, N.Y. (WCA Hospital) was founded as a boarding house for young working women and a one room hospital for its residents and other sick or injured persons. From these humble beginnings, WCA continued to grow and expand to meet the ever changing needs of the community. For almost 125 years, WCA has provided quality care and the most modern equipment for screening, diagnostics, and treatment.

The Center for Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA Hospital Breast Ultrasound Program has achieved accreditation in breast ultrasound and was awarded a three-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  WCA Hospital is the only accredited breast ultrasound program in Chautauqua County.  WCA Hospital is also accredited by the ACR in Mammography, MRI, Ultrasound Breast Core Biopsy, and Vascular Ultrasound.

To schedule a breast ultrasound exam, please contact Scheduling at (716) 664-8448, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information on additional services offered at the Center for Imaging & Medical Arts at WCA, visit www.wcahospital.org or contact WCA Hospital Public Relations at (716) 664-8614.

 

 
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