The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation has donated $1,500 to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain to provide lymphedema supplies and treatment to those who are under or uninsured and would otherwise be unable to afford such services for successful management of lymphedema.
Lymphedema is a condition that results from impaired flow of the lymphatic system and causes localized fluid retention and tissue swelling.
“We are thrilled to receive these funds from the foundation,” said Jenea Smith, director of rehabilitation for SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain. “This will enable more patients in our service area to receive treatment and supplies which will ultimately improve their quality of life.”
Research shows that the most common cause of lymphedema in the U.S. is breast cancer surgery. The risk of lymphedema remains throughout the lifetime of the patient. Lymphedema is often unrecognized and underreported. Even after diagnosis, awareness of effective treatment strategies is unknown.
Living with poorly managed lymphedema affects all aspects of a patient’s life including health and physical functioning. Effective management of lymphedema significantly improves quality of life for patients.
The St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation in Audrain was established in 1982 to provide a sustaining source of financial support for SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain and the surrounding community.