The donation stems from the efforts on behalf of Dr. Robinson and his staff from the open house held at his practice, Indiana Plastic Surgery, during the month of October – Breast Cancer Awareness month. Raising breast cancer awareness has been an important ongoing cause during Dr. Robinson’s lifetime. His mother Virginia died in 2015, of other causes, after surviving a 28-year battle with breast cancer.
Virginia Robinson was very involved in the programs and services at Community Hospital as the wife of Edward P. Robinson, hospital administrator from 1967 to 2003. Virginia also served as the guest of honor at the very first Lights of Life tree lighting ceremony. Proceeds from the “lights” program help to support the non-profit Community Cancer Research Foundation, working to bring today’s advances in cancer research to area residents.
Breast cancer is a disease that can be diagnosed through routine mammography. The Women’s Diagnostic Center of Community Hospital offers digital mammography with same day results. With advances such as same-day results and coordination between area physicians, women can generally begin treatment for breast cancer within 10 days of diagnosis.
“We’re working to help women believe the truth that early detected breast cancers can be treated successfully,” said Mary Nicholson, MD, medical director of the women’s center in Munster.
“We strive to ease our patients’ minds, alleviate their stress and fear, and replace it with confidence in care that’s close to home. This funding will enable us to serve many more with the care they need,” she said.
“We recently utilized these funds for two patients; both have been diagnosed with early stage breast cancer,” explained Suzanne Ruiz, RN, MS, NP-C, certified breast health navigator. “The funding covers diagnostic imaging, radiologist interpretation fees, biopsy fees and pathology fees.”
Learn more about the Women’s Diagnostic Center and advances in women’s care at www.comhs.org.
For more information about the Lights of Life program held at 6 pm on Wed, Dec 7 at Community Hospital in Munster, and, the Community Cancer Research Foundation, visit www.comhs.org/donate/community-cancer-research-foundation .