Portland, OR. Over 240 guests, volunteers and community members helped raise $486,295 at the Tuality Healthcare Foundation’s Gatsby Gala. In celebration and recognition of Tuality Healthcare’s 100th anniversary, the OHSU Foundation helped secure a $100,000 match. Board Members Mike and Marilyn Egans, Paul Coussens and Amy Sherwood were pleased with the event. The funds will go toward the purchase of a new mobile mammography van with 3D imaging. Tuality Healthcare’s current van is at the end of its useful life and travels to limited areas only. It is the only mammography van in Oregon. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)

Gary and Dixie Baker with Katie Eyre at NW Events & Environments

Tuality Helathcare Foundation Board President Marilynn Helzerman and Gwynne-Anne Pitts

Board Member Ralph Brown with wife Carol Bown

Jerralynn Ness and Leda Garside

Mammograms save lives because they detect cancer when it is small, increasing the chance of survival. Underserved women from here to the coast can face barriers to obtaining mammograms including geographic isolation and transportation. The new van will be able to travel to an expanded area including rural Oregon, and it’s a key component of the Foundation’s On the Road to Prevention Campaign. The campaign will also fund an outreach/patient navigator position for three years to help educate women about the importance and availability of mammograms and assist them during their journey of care. In addition, the campaign will create a cancer care fund for underserved women needing mammograms, as well as travel and accommodations assistance when receiving treatment at Tuality Healthcare.

Tuality Healthcare Foundation Director Marykay Morelli told guests at the gala January 27th gala, “You did life-saving work tonight. Your extraordinary generosity will help bring mammograms and cancer support to underserved women from Washington County to the coast.”

About Tuality Healthcare Foundation:

The Tuality Healthcare Foundation supports Tuality Healthcare by funding projects and programs that enrich the patient experience and wellness of our community. The Foundation envisions a region—from Washington County to the coast—where there is access to consistent, patient-focused, high-quality care.