Pullman Regional Hospital has received a grant from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to help meet the health needs of women through the purchase of three-dimensional digital breast tomosynthesis technology. The grant award, up to $248,000 in funding, complements the donations made by the community as part of Pullman Regional Hospital’s Annual Giving for Excellence Fund Drive in 2014.

“The hospital made a commitment in the beginning of this year to meet the needs of women by purchasing three-dimensional digital technology with advanced detection capabilities,” said Scott Adams, Chief Executive Officer at Pullman Regional Hospital.

“Now, through the incredible support of the Murdock Trust, we are able to deliver on this commitment, plus provide stereotactic capabilities and a remodel of the patient care area to provide greater capacity and comfort for our mammography patients,” said Adams. “The Foundation Board of Directors has partnered with the hospital through their leadership to help bring this technology to our community.”

“The Foundation is so grateful for the support from this community, this hospital, and now from Murdock,” said Fritz Hughes, Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board President. “We set out with a big goal to bring 3D breast imaging technology to Pullman, and together, we did it—all through generous contributions from our community.”

Tomosynthesis technology creates a three-dimensional view of the breast that the radiologist can view in a virtual environment to detect suspected tumors and masses with a higher degree of accuracy than traditional mammography. Stereotactic breast biopsy is a non-surgical method of assessing a breast abnormality and is used to test whether a growth is benign or cancerous.

“As a physician, I’m dedicated to providing the best care to women in the early detection of breast cancer,” said Robert Lloyd, M.D., Radiologist at Pullman Regional Hospital. “I am grateful to the community and Murdock Trust for making this state-of-the-art technology available to Pullman Regional Hospital patients.”

“It's heartwarming to see so many people step up and make a difference, and have the support from the Murdock Trust," said Michael Wysup, Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board member and Chair of the 2014 Annual Giving Fund Drive. “That peace of mind from reduced false positives and call backs is priceless. On behalf of the women in my life, I am grateful.”

Three-dimensional tomosynthesis breast mammography at Pullman Regional Hospital is expected to be available to patients in April or May 2015.


About the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust

The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. "Jack" Murdock, co-founder of Tektronix, Inc. Murdock was an innovative, entrepreneurial leader with business involvements and interests throughout the Pacific Northwest. Since 1975 the Trust has invested more than $658 million to enrich the quality of life in the Pacific Northwest by providing grants and enrichment programs to organizations seeking to strengthen the region’s educational, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways.


Contact: Alison Weigley, Assistant Director of Development, External Relations and Marketing
Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation

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