Columbia Gas of Kentucky Presents NiSource Charitable Foundation Grant to Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital

Columbia Gas of Kentucky made a special investment to aid in the fight against breast cancer in Eastern Kentucky this week with a $10,000 grant from the NiSource Charitable Foundation that will help provide access to 3D mammography to women in Estill County and other nearby communities. 

The grant to the Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital (MWMH) in Irvine, Kentucky will enable women in the rural communities served by the 25-bed critical access hospital to have access to the same state-of-the-art technology as women in urban areas. 3D mammography is able to detect breast cancer at its earliest possible stage. This technology is especially helpful in detecting cancer in women with very dense breast tissue, which hides or mimics breast cancer.

According to MWMH officials, a large percentage of women in the hospital’s four-county service area report foregoing regular breast cancer screenings. Consequently, the breast cancer mortality rates for that area exceed state and national averages. 

“Current statistics show that about one in eight women will have invasive breast cancer sometime during her life,” said Arielle Estes, Director of Development for MWMH. “Providing 3D mammography screening close to home can have a significant impact on early detection and the overall survival rate for the women we serve.”
“Columbia Gas and the NiSource Charitable Foundation are proud to support the efforts of Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital and other rural health officials to reduce the increasing incidences of breast cancer," said Columbia Gas of Kentucky President Herbert A. Miller, Jr. "We believe that expanding access to 3D mammography can help save lives.”

The MWMH Foundation serves as a charity and raises money from the community to benefit the needs of: patients, employees and projects within the organization including equipment purchases, expansion projects and technology advancements. There are many ways to support the MWMH Foundation, including: Commemorative Brick Program, Memorial Contributions, Planned Gifts and Community Programs (Kroger Community Rewards and Amazon Smile). Some of the most recent projects funded by the MWMH Foundation include: new hospital patient food trays, a children’s play table for the emergency department waiting area, an automatic door at Mercy Primary Care-Irvine, privacy glass for the nurses station at Mercy Medical Clinic of Powell County, wheelchairs for the hospital and Angel Carts for patients rooms when their visitors need access to an in-room microwave, refrigerator, coffee and snacks. 

The MWMH Foundation launched the campaign for 3D mammography a year ago and has raised nearly $100,000 of the $450,000 campaign. For more information on how the support the MWMH Foundation’s campaign for 3D mammography or other MWMH Foundation projects, call 606-726-2119 or visit