Moody Foundation Awards $15 Million for Parkland Breast Health Center

Moody Foundation Awards $15 Million for Parkland Breast Health Center

The Parkland Foundation has announced a $15 million gift from the Moody Foundation toward construction of a comprehensive breast health center at Parkland Health & Hospital System.

The lead gift in Parkland's $40 million fundraising campaign will support the creation of the Moody Breast Health Center at Parkland on the health system's Dallas County campus. Scheduled to open in 2021, the Moody Center will bring the system's breast health services together under one roof, making screenings, treatment, and follow-up care more convenient for patients, who currently must access services at ten separate locations.

Parkland diagnoses and treats four hundred breast cancer patients a year — about 20 percent of all cases in Dallas County — and the Health Care Advisory Board forecasts a 15 percent increase in breast cancer incidence in Dallas County over the next five years. Many Parkland patients are disadvantaged, uninsured, or underinsured, linking them to higher mortality rates from breast cancer and other diseases, Parkland Health & Hospital System president and CEO Fred Cerise told the Dallas Morning News.

"We are grateful to the Moody Foundation for their generous support of Parkland, our patients, and our mission to provide care for anyone in need," said David E. Krause, president and CEO of the Parkland Foundation. "Their transformational gift, along with more than $15 million from other generous donors throughout the community, creates an opportunity to increase the health and survival rate of breast cancer patients while also creating equity in breast health for everyone in Dallas County."