Bon Secours St. Francis Health System opened the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health in October 2011. The $3 million project waslaunched to serve a volume of patients that has nearly tripled over the past three years at St. Francis. At the request of an anonymous donor, the Center was named after Pearlie Harris, who began volunteering at the hospital after retiring from her career in education. Harris is an active volunteer in her community and is the first African American chair of Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.
The new center offers full-field digital mammography, computer-aided detection, and ultrasound, and is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
“The new mobile mammography unit will allow the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Health to bring state-of-the-art full digital screening mammography not only to corporations interested in providing ready access to preventive health services for their female employees but also to many disadvantaged communities in Upstate South Carolina. Together with a commitment from the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System to fund up to 40% of the ongoing operational costs of the mobile unit for outreach to uninsured women, this generous grant from the National Breast Cancer Foundation for purchase of the unit helps us to fulfill our mission of being ‘Good help to those in need.'” – Paul Kountz, M.D., Radiologist, Pearlie Center for Breast Health
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