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Breast Link Program To Receive Nearly $150k Grant From MD Affiliate Of Susan G. Komen For The Cure®

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Funds to help educate approximately 5,000 women in Baltimore City on the importance of breast health. Hospital anticipates completing 300 free breast cancer screenings for high-risk women.


BALTIMORE, MD – (April 9, 2013) – The Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will award more than $865,000 to nine grant programs across the state of Maryland for the Fiscal Year 2014, beginning April 2013. Priority areas include Baltimore City, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, with emphasis on providing screening and diagnostic services. Saint Agnes Hospital was awarded $149,979 this year for its Breast Link Program addressing screening, treatment, community outreach and education, and provider education. This is the first year that Saint Agnes’ Breast Link Program has received the grant award.
“We are excited to award the Saint Agnes Hospital Breast Link Program funds to execute their innovative program, and to include them in our list of other vital programs, which aid women and men undergoing treatment, as well as provide support to their families across Maryland,” said Robin Prothro, Chief Executive Officer of Komen Maryland.

Komen Maryland grant funds support a variety of innovative programs that offer a comprehensive range of breast health services, including screenings, community education and outreach, treatment and support.

The primary focus of the Saint Agnes Hospital Breast Link Program is to reach predominately African-American women living in low-income communities addressing the elevated breast cancer mortality rates found in this population. Services will target women who are uninsured or underinsured in South and Southwest Baltimore City expanding breast health awareness and increasing breast cancer screenings.

The program is based on a robust approach, building community partnerships and linkages to primary care services for a continuum of care. For women diagnosed with breast cancer and limited resources, the program will provide navigation services for seamless care for treatment through survivorship.

“We are so grateful for this generous grant from Komen,” said Mary Ellen Bilenki, Project Lead for Saint Agnes’s Break Link Program who is also a Certified Breast Health Nurse Navigator at Saint Agnes’ Breast Center. “The funds will help us educate an estimated 5,000 women on the importance of breast health, and we anticipate completing 300 free breast cancer screenings for high-risk women in the identified communities. These are women who might have never been screened due to socio-economic barriers. We are proud and humbled to be able to give back to our community so significantly.”

About Saint Agnes Hospital
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 296-bed hospital currently undergoing a $200 million-plus expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and is a full-service teaching hospital with residency programs in medicine and surgery. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute; Cardiovascular Institute; Maryland Metabolic Institute; Orthopedic & Spine Institute; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; and The Bunting Health Institute for Women & Children. Saint Agnes opened the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and the Komen Maryland Affiliate
Susan G. Komen is the boldest community fueling the best science and making the biggest impact in the fight against breast cancer, having invested almost $2 billion to end breast cancer in the U.S. and throughout the world through ground-breaking research, community health outreach, advocacy and programs in more than 50 countries. The Maryland Affiliate is one of the top 10 Affiliates in the Komen network. Through events like the Komen Maryland Race for the Cure, the Maryland Affiliate has invested $35 million in community breast cancer programs since 1993. Up to 75 percent of net proceeds generated by the Affiliate stays in Maryland. The remaining 25 percent funds national breast cancer research, often taking place at Maryland institutions. Komen Maryland now hosts two Races—Hunt Valley and Ocean City. For more information, call 410-938-8990 or visit

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