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Pahlmanns gift $25K to OZH Foundation mobile mammography unit campaign 


Jack and Inez Pahlmann, of West Plains, have donated $25,000 to the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation’s fundraising initiative for a mobile mammography unit, announce officials with the foundation. 

The funds will be used to help with costs associated with the purchase of a mobile mammography unit to help make routine screenings more accessible for women who might not otherwise have access to the service, officials explain.

“We can’t express our appreciation to Jack and Inez enough for their incredibly generous donation towards our mammography campaign,” said Josh Reeves, vice president of development at Ozarks Healthcare. “Their thoughtfulness into giving back to our community’s health will benefit the lives of many families and individuals across the Ozarks. We are extremely grateful for their past and continued support of our local health system through the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation.”    

The Pahlmanns are owners of West Plains United Country Missouri Ozarks Realty.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S., behind some kinds of skin cancer. Finding breast cancer early reduces risk of death from the disease by 25% to 30% or more. Women are advised to begin having mammograms yearly at age 40, or earlier if they're at high risk. 

Annual mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most curable stages, the CDC notes, adding that many women put off getting a mammogram due to inconvenience. Studies also show women who are underinsured or uninsured are 35% more likely to have a mammogram offered by a mobile mammography unit versus going to an outpatient setting.

The Ozarks Healthcare Foundation is seeking pledges and donations for the campaign from individuals, businesses and other organizations. Any business or organization interested in making a donation is asked to call the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation at 417-853-5200 or contact Reeves directly at j.reeves@ozhcare.com. Individual donations can be collected online at www.ozarkshealthcare.com/support-us/foundation/mobile-mammography-unit-campaig.

The Ozarks Healthcare Foundation, established in 1998 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with a local board of directors, serves as a liaison between donors and Ozarks Healthcare to assist the hospital in providing excellent healthcare to the communities it serves. 

For more information or to make a gift to the Ozarks Healthcare Foundation, call 417-853-5200 or visit www.ozarkshealthcare.com/support-us/foundation


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