Dr. Barbara J. Bourland Chair
Advancing the comprehensive breast health care at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease
Forty-one percent of Americans face cancer personally during their lifetimes, and more than one half million Americans will die from cancer this year. However, unlike any other time in history, advances in cancer prevention, detection and care are increasing survival rates and the quality of life for people and families affected by this disease.
To transform Morton Plant Mease’s nationally accredited comprehensive cancer program, Morton Plant Mease Foundation is seeking $1 million in community support to fund the Dr. Barbara J. Bourland Chair.
Facts on Dr. Barbara J. Bourland Chair:
- Dr. Barbara Bourland is the Medical Director of the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center, Breast Imaging Services and the Mammography Voucher Program (MVP). She is also a member of Radiology Associates of Clearwater where she is joined by a team of dedicated, board-certified radiologists.
- For more than 20 years, Dr. Bourland has been a pioneer for breast health advocacy. In the mid 1990s, she became fascinated by a new technique for performing breast biopsies that was much less invasive than the traditional surgical biopsy procedures – providing guidance with imaging procedures that led to more accurate results.
- Dr. Bourland’s determination to change the way women in Tampa Bay received breast health care continued over the years. Approximately 10 years ago, she launched the MVP to provide free mammography screening, diagnostic services and treatment of breast cancer for uninsured women.
- In 2002, thanks to the community’s support, the original Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center was built to provide a full-service breast imaging center on the Morton Plant Hospital campus. Under her leadership, this year the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center expanded to Mease Countryside and the MPM Outpatient Center in Trinity.
- The Dr. Barbara J. Bourland Chair offers an outstanding investment opportunity. Not only will you help save lives and give hope to patients dealing with cancer, but your gifts will continue to provide a comprehensive range of advanced treatment conveniently available “right in your hometown.”