The Atlantic Coast Pipeline Community Investment Program has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Johnston Health Foundation to support its campaign to purchase two 3-D mammography systems, which will aid women in the fight against breast cancer.
Johnston Health will offer the advanced technology at its hospitals in Smithfield and Clayton. Compared to conventional mammography, the advanced screening provides clearer, more concise images, which lead to earlier, more accurate detection and fewer false-positives. The technology is especially valuable to women who have dense breast tissue.
“The health and wellness of the communities where we operate are vitally important to our company and all of the partner companies involved in the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” said Bruce McKay, Dominion’s senior energy policy director. “We are honored to do our part to help Johnston Health wage the fight against breast cancer and increase the chances of survival for the courageous women who face this difficult challenge.”
The ACP Community Investment Program provides financial assistance for projects tied to the well-being and vitality of communities along the nearly 600-mile proposed interstate natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to North Carolina. The pipeline would traverse Johnston County.
Sol Halliburton, director of the foundation, says it’s inspiring to see such a major utility join other companies and organizations in supporting the foundation’s mission. “We have a shared interest in enhancing the communities where we live, work and play,” she says. “We look forward to working together on future opportunities to meet the health care needs of the people that we all serve.”
The foundation is in the final phase of its campaign to raise $500,000. Johnston Health has pledged a $500,000 match, which will be needed to purchase the two 3D mammography systems.
On Wednesday, Johnston Health and foundation board members, including chair David Mills, accepted the check from McKay, whose energy company is the lead partner and developer of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project.