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Physicians show support for Central Florida women, raise funds for life-saving equipment

Hundreds of Florida Hospital physicians collectively donated $1 million as part of a “matching challenge” offered by Dr. Phillips Charities, which is earmarked to purchase state-of-the-art equipment that can detect breast cancer and help save lives.

For the first time in decades, the life span of women is declining. Heart disease and cancer — the top causes of death in women — impact countless Central Floridians each day.

With this in mind, Dr. Phillips Charities challenged Florida Hospital physicians to donate $1 million for new equipment that screens, diagnoses and helps treat breast cancer. For every dollar that a doctor or medical group contributed, Dr. Phillips Charities agreed to provide $2, up to a total donation of $2 million.

From practicing doctors to retired physicians, these professionals generously contributed and recently met that goal.

“We are so grateful for the contribution these physicians are making to the women of Central Florida,” said Dr. Lori Boardman, executive director of Florida Hospital for Women. “Not only are they committed to their patients, but these financial gifts demonstrate their dedication to helping ensure that more women have access to the range of imaging modalities needed to diagnose breast cancer.”

These collective funds will expand services offered by Florida Hospital with the purchase of 3D mammography machines, a high-end CT scanner, and an automated 3D breast ultrasound machine, which will be housed at Winter Park Memorial Hospital.

“With the generosity of our physicians and Dr. Phillips Charities, Florida Hospital can help more women have access to life-saving equipment that can detect and treat breast cancer,” said Florida Hospital President and CEO Lars Houmann. “We are thankful for these donations and the long-standing commitment Dr. Phillips Charities has to improving the lives of all Central Floridians. We appreciate their support and are proud to partner with Dr. Phillips Charities as we continue our mission of extending the healing ministry of Christ.”

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer in American women this year. Early detection improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

“It is inspiring to know that Florida Hospital physicians came together to help continue technological advancements in this community,” said Ken Robinson, president of Dr. Phillips Charities. “Dr. Phillips is proud to partner with those who step forward to bring more awareness, screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.”

The Dr. Phillips name has been a major economic and philanthropic presence in the Central Florida community since the turn of the 20th century. Dr. Phillips Charities honors the legacy of the Phillips family and its support of organizations that live up to the motto “to help others help themselves.”

“Digital mammography technology is currently the best tool overall to aid in the early detection of breast cancer,” said Dr. Jennie Yoon, Florida Hospital and FRi Women’s Imaging Medical Director. “In my practice, I see people who should have had a mammogram five years ago but unfortunately had to delay. Now this new community equipment will be accessible to more women thanks to Florida Hospital physicians and Dr. Phillips Charities.”