UTMB Komen Complete Care Project

Since 2004, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has received annual grant funding from the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® to provide comprehensive breast health services to underserved and uninsured women in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties.

Last year, UTMB received $687,686 in funding for its Komen Complete Care Project. Those funds provided:

  • 1,146 screening mammograms.
  • 892 breast diagnostic procedures.
  • 7 full-cancer treatment programs.
  • 352 navigation services for patients with breast abnormalities.
  • 92 navigation services to women diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • 843 instances of breast health education for patients at well-woman exams.
  • Numerous institutions and local organizations offer free or reduced-cost screening mammograms for women,but few are able to offer a complete continuum of care, from screening through full treatment.

UTMB is able to do this because of the funding it receives from Komen Houston, says Deana Gehring, grant coordinator for UTMB’s breast and cervical cancer programs.

Each year, Komen Houston awards local grants to organizations to provide a comprehensive range of breast health services, from screening and treatment to support services for medically underserved and uninsured women and men.

Funding through this program has seen amazing growth in the last 20 years, expanding from $43,000 and only a few organizations in 1992 to over $3.27 million and 22 organizations in 2011.

The UTMB Komen Complete Care Project is unique in that it helps us bridge the gap in services that currently exist in our community, particularly for uninsured women aged 40–49 years.”
— Deana Gehring

In the picture - From left to right: Dr. Tricia Elliott (UTMB-Family Medicine department), Church volunteer Phyllis Marcel, Mammography technician Denise Shaw, Transportation technician Jose Martinez, Mammography technician Madeline Goldenschue, Dr. Angelica Robinson (UTMB-Radiology department)