IMPACT Lourdes, the women’s philanthropy group that supports the Mercy Health Foundation Lourdes, has awarded its annual grant to benefit Mercy Health — Lourdes Hospital.
IMPACT Lourdes members voted to award $30,000 to purchase the MarginProbe system, equipment that assists in detecting cancerous breast tissue.
With MarginProbe, surgeons can assess breast tissue in the operating room to give them greater confidence that they successfully removed all the cancer in the first lumpectomy surgery.
“Thank you to all the members of IMPACT Lourdes for supporting our MarginProbe project,” said surgeon Dr. Daniel Howard. “We already had one of the best breast cancer operations in the community and region, and thanks to IMPACT it’s now even better. Our breast cancer re-operation rate with this equipment is less than two% while the national average is 16%. We anticipate our MarginProbe equipment will benefit more than 200 lives each year thanks to the generosity of IMPACT Lourdes.” Dr. Howard is a general surgeon with Mercy Health who specializes in breast cancer surgery.
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