Hospital goes back in time to help modern women

Twenties gala raises money for digital mammography

Corey Pride / Cpride@losbanosenterprise.comNovember 9, 2012 

Memorial Hospital Los Banos Foundation celebrated a bygone era in hopes of raising enough money to save women's lives with cutting-edge technology.

"A Roaring Twenties Affair," Saturday at the Los Banos Community Center, will help pay for digital mammography equipment.

The gala attracted 260 people with the aim of raising $50,000. There was no word on how much money was actually raised.

Richard Liszewski, the hospital's chief executive officer, said he was pleased with the event.

"The foundation committee members have done a heck of a job," he said. "Digital mammography is an essential piece of equipment nowadays for women's health."

Studies on digital mammography are mixed. In the past decade, some studies have shown that the equipment is better for detecting breast cancer in women with dense tissue. Other studies have shown there's essentially no difference in detection of breast cancer between digital and film mammography equipment.

For the past two years, the hospital's foundation has used the gala to raise funds for the digital equipment. Last year Liszewski praised the effort, stating that new equipment means better car for patients.

Dick Gerbi said keeping the hospital up to date with technological advances is part of the reason he and his wife attend each year.

"It's a little insurance because, as we get a little older ... you want to keep your doctor and your hospital happy," Gerbi said, somewhat jokingly.

The gala, which included dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions, saw many people embrace its theme by dressing in 1920s attire. The band Run 4 Cover performed and organizers capitalized on the recent World Series victory by the San Francisco Giants by auctioning oversized framed pictures of members of the team. Jewelry, candle holders, trips, services and even desserts were also made available for bid.

"I think this is one of the most prestigious events in Los Banos and I think we should support it. We are not only doing things for ourselves, we're doing things for the community," said Jon Grissom, who attended with his wife, Mary Catherine. "This is our third or fourth year, and we continue to come because we think they do a marvelous job."

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or by email at cpride@losbanosenterprise.com.

Enterprise reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563 or by email at cpride@losbanosenterprise.com.

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