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Story published: 09-12-2012 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Surviving the Snake bicycle ride raises funds for mammography waiting room

By Paula Walter

The Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation Board held its second Surviving the Snake® bicycle ride this past weekend. This year, approximately 54 riders ventured out in the cool Saturday morning in the mountains of northeast Tennessee to help raise funds needed to construct a mammography waiting room area, offering privacy as women wait for their breast healthcare exams.

The ride once again offered two routes, a 50K and 100K where the riders took off from Ralph Stout Park onto Route 421 North before taking a right-hand turn onto Route 167 West. The planned routes took the bicyclists through Doe before the brave of heart headed up the mountain to the crossroads in Shady Valley. They then meandered back down the hills through Damascus and Laurel Bloomery before rolling back into the park.

Last year, the Johnson County Community Hospital Foundation Board was able to help raise funds towards the purchase of a digital mammography unit. All other equipment at the local community hospital is digital. Since the unit was installed on August 13th of this year, approximately 100 patients have been able to receive their exam with the new unit. According to Chastity Trivette, Diagnostic Imaging Site Manager, digital mammograms offer quicker diagnosis, better visibility, shorter exam time, less radiation and faster results. The mammograms are read within a few hours by a radiologist at another facility thanks to the new digital equipment. Trivette explained that women who do not have any symptoms and want to receive their exams at Johnson County Community Hospital may call for an appointment without a doctor’s order as long as they are not experiencing any symptoms. They must provide the name of their physician in order to send the results of the mammogram.

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