Members of the Creative Stitchers Club of Sun City West recently donated a framed needlepoint piece, titled "Tranquil Dreams," to the Sun Health Foundation, the key philanthropic partner for Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.
As a tribute to breast cancer awareness, the piece is on display in Women's Diagnostic Services, in the Louisa Kellam Center for Women's Health at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.
The piece, created by noted needlework designer Carolyn Mitchell, served as the club's 2011 community project and took the creative talents of 18 club members to complete. The Creative Stitchers received permission from Mitchell to alter the design slightly to include breast cancer awareness pink ribbons in the design.
"Many women in our group use the Banner Del E. Webb facility and several women in our group are breast cancer survivors, so we felt the Women's Diagnostic Center was a deserving recipient of our 2011 community project," said Cathy Vaught, a member of Creative Stitchers.
Women's Diagnostic Services, in the Louisa Kellam Center for Women's Health at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, has comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical imaging technologies and expertly trained imaging professionals to fulfill its mission of delivering excellent patient care. Women's Diagnostic Services offers a full continuum of breast health screenings and diagnostic services including: mammography, breast ultrasound, Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI), stereotactic breast biopsy, ductography, needle localization, cyst aspiration and ultrasound guided biopsy.
"Our facility sees the highest volume of breast health procedures of any other Banner facility in the Valley and, like the Creative Stitchers, we pride ourselves on our level of quality," said Larry Bonno, administrative director of Medical Imaging at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. "We are truly honored the Creative Stitchers Club of Sun City West selected our Center for their 2011 community project."
Community donations through Sun Health Foundation also funded technology to bring Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI) to the Louisa Kellam Center for Women's Health. Sun Health Foundation's contribution of $297,000 funded an imaging unit specifically used for examining women with dense breasts and those with breast implants or augmentations. With standard imaging technology, calcifications and carcinomas are difficult to see in these populations. Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center boasts one of only two BSGI units in the Valley.
The members of Creative Stitchers who participated in the project were: Brenda Archambault, Cathy Felten, Betty Goldberg, Mary Oster, Clarice Scott, Paula Rutili, Patsy Graves, Leone Jung, Peggy Steadman, Beverly Sheppelman, Barbara Bentsen, Kaylynn Van Camp, Jane Hillman, Mary York, Ann Remaklus, Penny Heshke, Marty Colburn and Cathy Vaught.
Julie Elder, director of the Family Arts Needlework Shop in Phoenix, donated the materials for the piece to honor the wonderful care her late father received as a patient at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center.
For information on the Sun Health Foundation, visit www.sunhealthfoundation.org.