UH Portage secures funding for a $1 million Breast Health Center

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U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (center) poses with local Democrats. Submitted photo

Through a Community Projects Funding application, U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan obtained nearly $18 million for projects in the 13th congressional district, including $1 million for UH Portage.

The grant will fund equipment updates and facility renovations “to establish a patient-focused Breast Health Center within the existing medical center,” Ryan wrote in the proposal. The submission highlighted the need for improved women’s health care in the community and opportunities to develop breast cancer treatment services in the hospital system.

“The addition of comprehensive radiology, mammography, ultrasound and operating equipment will enable our caregivers to provide well-rounded care plans for our patients,” Bill Benoit, chief operating officer at University Hospitals, said in a statement. “Our goal is to help our community every step of the way during their preventive care and treatment journeys.”

Other projects approved for Community Projects Funding include a new behavioral health facility at Summa Health and renovations to Akron’s Lock 3 Park.

Ryan, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, visited Portage County on Saturday, meeting with local political organizers and candidates for office.

You can read a full list of approved projects in Portage, Summit, Mahoning and Trumbull Counties here.