Rushville Republican

April 13, 2013

RMH awarded prestigious Komen Grant

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — Komen Central Indiana recently announced in a statewide press conference the awardees of the 2014 Komen grants. Rush Memorial Hospital was one of only 14 grants awarded for the new fiscal year.

The grant was given in the amount of $62,174 to Rush Memorial.

Grant funding covers screenings (clinical breast exams and mammograms), diagnostics (MRIs, biopsies, and ultrasounds), treatment assistance, health care navigation, medication assistance and support services such as transportation, child care, wigs, prosthetics and whatever else is needed to make sure patients can complete treatment with support they need but can’t afford according the Komen grant guidelines.

Susan Eakins, Rush Memorial Hospital Patient Navigator and Director of Social Services, serves as administrator of the grant funds. Once connected with the patient she follows them through the entire process to ensure they complete their treatment options.

Eakins, along with executive secretary Michele Gettinger and RMH Foundation director Faith Mock, worked together to prepare the extensive grant proposal.

“The money received from the Komen grant is vital to the functioning of our breast cancer patient services. Without this grant it would be difficult to extend the quality and breadth of service that we offer to our breast cancer patients. We are grateful to Komen for continuing to support our program,” Mock said.

Eakins and Gettinger represented Rush Memorial Hospital at the presentation announcement held in Indianapolis.

“It is an honor and privilege to accept this grant on behalf of Rush Memorial Hospital. This grant will allow us to continue to help many breast cancer patients that would otherwise not get screened, diagnosed, and treated for cancer and to help us to continue to inform our community about new breast health cancer information.  Thank you to Komen for providing this grant for us,” Eakins said.

 A total of $1.3 million was awarded by Central Indiana Komen to the 14 recipients in a 21-county service area to help provide vital breast cancer services.

These grant monies are raised through events such as the annual Race for the Cure which is scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis.

If you would like to participate with Team Rush Memorial Hospital contact Susan Eakins at 765-932-7038 or email her at

- Rushville Republican