Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation celebrates major gift to support breast health

SENECA — Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation, Greenville Health System and Dabo’s All In Team Foundation gathered today (Monday, Oct. 15) to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a $100,000 gift to benefit the Breast Care Center on the Prisma Health Oconee Campus. The gift was the result of proceeds from Dabo’s Ladies Clinic in July.

“This gift, one of the largest contributions to the Breast Care Center on the Prisma Health Oconee Medical Campus, will help provide life-saving mammograms to women in need as well as seed funds for a clinical navigator to guide patients through this difficult journey,” said Cortni Nations, manager of Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation.  “Thanks to community donations, we began offering 3D mammography this summer.  But now we can further expand our program and provide additional services that are so critically needed in our community.  None of this would have been possible without extraordinary support from this extraordinary community.”

Supporting breast care initiatives is a priority for Dabo and Kathleen Swinney and their foundation.

“Dabo and I feel passionately about helping others in our community,” said Kathleen Swinney. “Breast cancer hits close to home for us and will affect one in eight women. We are thrilled to help provide technology and expanded services at Oconee Memorial through our All In Team Foundation. We know this project will help with early detection of breast cancer and ultimately save lives.”

She added, “Dabo and I are extremely excited to make this donation in honor of Dr. Larry and Mary Bowman! The Bowmans mean so much to us and to this community. Larry and Mary have the biggest hearts and devote their lives to helping others. What a privilege it is for us to be able to honor them with a donation to Oconee Memorial Hospital, which means so much to them. We love you, Larry and Mary!”

The Bowmans were recognized at the ceremony.  A special plaque recognizing the Bowmans and Dabo’s All In Team Foundation will be displayed on campus.

“We’re so thankful for this donation,” said Prisma Health’ Scott Sasser, MD. “Prisma Health has a long-standing partnership with Clemson University, and we are so thankful that Dabo and Kathleen chose to give to the Oconee Campus so we can meet the needs of breast care patients in our mountain-lakes community. These dollars will have a significant return on investment. I can’t think of a better way to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month than with a partnership with our Tigers!” Sasser is chief clinical officer over Prisma Health’ western region, which includes Prisma Health’ Oconee Medical Campus and Baptist Easley Hospital, as well as approximately 30 physician practice sites and other health services offered in that region.

To schedule a mammogram, please call (864) 885-7113.

For more information on how you can contribute to breast care initiatives at Oconee Memorial Hospital, please call OMH Foundation at (864) 885-7912.

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