CHH Breast Health Center Receives First Grantee Award From Komen For The Cure CT

Komen for the Cure CT recently held its annual volunteer reception at the Mark Twain House in Hartford where it honored the efforts of the organization’s top sponsors, fundraisers and volunteers from communities across Connecticut. Charlotte Hungerford Hospital (CHH) was chosen as “Grantee of the Year”, recognized for its Pink Rose Program. The Pink Rose Program was established in 1996 and provides hundreds of free breast cancer screening services to local women in need each year.

“Charlotte Hungerford Hospital’s Pink Rose Program team is thrilled to be honored as Grantee of the Year out of twenty programs statewide, said Project Director, Leslie Handelman, R.N. “It is the first time Komen for the Cure, CT has officially recognized an outstanding program and it is an honor to be the first recipient of the award. We are very proud of all the work our program has done in the community to educate women about the importance of breast cancer early detection.”

The CHH Pink Rose Program (PRP) provides educational outreach and screening funds to assure that the women of Northwest Connecticut have comprehensive, coordinated access to services related to breast cancer prevention and treatment. CHH staff work in conjunction with the CT Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to ensure that medically underserved women, typically those greater than 40 years old, are being educated about breast cancer and programs that help defer the cost of screening services.
The goal of the PRP is to increase the number of screenings to medically underserved women in Northwest Connecticut by allowing women without resources to receive free breast cancer screening and diagnostic testing when needed.

The hospital’s breast health services bring together the best professionals, technology, and breast healthcare programs for women in a comprehensive network of early detection services and treatment. Services include a breast health navigation program, screening, diagnostic breast imaging, and surgery by a team of highly skilled surgeons and medical professionals, cancer treatment and clinical trials, and state-of-the-art radiation therapy. For more information about the Hungerford Breast Health Center, call 496-6819.

For each of the past three years, Komen Connecticut has made over $1 Million in community grants to local organizations providing lifesaving services for women in need across our state. For more information, visit or call 860-321-7806.

The Charlotte Hungerford Hospital is a 109 bed, general acute care hospital located in Torrington, Connecticut, that serves as a regional health care resource for 100,000 residents of Litchfield County and Northwest Connecticut. CHH offers personalized attention from an expert team of caregivers and physicians that utilize advanced technology and clinical partnerships in a convenient, safe and comfortable patient environment. One Thousand Caregivers, One Job, Your Health. Visit for information.

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