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Sanford Receives 489300 Grant for Digital Mammography Center in Chamberlain

Grant Awarded by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

Stacy Bauer Jones, Sanford Health Media Relations Manager
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Gloria Priebe, Sanford Mid-Dakota PR/Marketing Manager
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(Chamberlain, SD) – 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."

Brule County, home to SMDMC, has a death rate due to female breast cancer that is more than double the rates of the state of South Dakota and the nation. Increasing the number of digital screenings will increase early detection and reduce breast cancer mortality rates.

The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust provides funding for innovative projects that use information technologies to connect rural patients to specialty medical care, provides the latest medical therapies and facilitates programs for underserved populations that places particular stress on existing health care facilities and local governments. The $489,300 funding is part of the Rural Healthcare Program of The Helmsley Charitable Trust, which over the last two years awarded a total of more than $65 million in grants to institutions and organizations in the Upper Midwest.

About Sanford Mid-Dakota Medical Center
The Sanford Mid-Dakota Medical Center includes clinics in Chamberlain and Kennebec and the Sanford Mid-Dakota Care Center in Chamberlain. SMDMC is dedicated to providing the best healthcare services to the Tri-County area of Brule, Buffalo and Lyman Counties through a holistic, integrated care continuum. Since its partnership with Sanford Health, it has expanded its outreach services, training programs and education resources to provide the people of the Tri-County area with comprehensive, high quality and accessible healthcare services. For more information, visit

About The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, established in 1999, is administered by five trustees selected by Leona Helmsley as a continuation of Mr. and Mrs. Helmsley's generous giving through their lifetimes. The Trust supports a diverse range of organizations with a major focus on health and medical research, in addition to programs in human services, education and conservation. The Trust aspires to improve lives by supporting effective nonprofits.