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St. John's Hospital seeking donations for women's health center

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St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway is seeking donations to buy equipment for the new women’s health center that is expected to open next year. St. John’s, which also serves the Five Towns, is the only hospital on the Rockaway Peninsula.

Money for the equipment was intended to be raised through the health facility’s annual golf event that was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We invite anyone to make a donation on the website,” Nancy Leghart, director of Foundation said in a statement. “Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and will go directly toward purchasing essential, life-saving equipment.”

The Women’s Health Center will be at 105-38 Rockaway Beach Blvd. in what is being call the Rockaway Beach Medical Arts Complex, and will offer gynecological and obstetrical services, maternal fetal medicine, urogynecology, gynecological oncology, breast surgery, nutrition, behavioral health, 3D mammography, bone density, and ultrasound in one location. “The center will enhance access to women’s health services in the Rockaways while helping women achieve and maintain optimal health,” hospital officials said.

Donations will support the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment including: A 3D mammography machine which allows for breast tissue details to be seen more clearly to uncover breast cancer that may have otherwise been hidden by overlying breast tissue. A bone density machine to measure women’s bone density to diagnose for osteoporosis and provide a fracture risk assessment. An ultrasound machine that produces high-resolution image quality.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital provides emergency and ambulatory care to the densely populated, culturally and economically diverse, and medically underserved populations of the Rockaways and Five Towns. Celebrating more than 110 years of community care, the 257-bed facility provides people of all faiths with comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative services, regardless of ability to pay.

The hospital is accepting donations on its website, ehs.org/givenow, and is running a series of fundraisers via social media and email.