Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

Mary Branham


Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation Yes, Mamm! Program Awarded Grant

For More Than $21,000 from Lexington Cancer Foundation

Funding will provide program to reduce hair loss for patients undergoing chemotherapy

Lexington, Ky. (November 19, 2019) – Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Yes, Mamm! program has been awarded a generous grant of $21,450 by the Lexington Cancer Foundation. The grant will be used to provide free DigniCap Scalp Cooling Systems to all women receiving chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer at Saint Joseph East Outpatient Cancer Center and Breast Center, regardless of their ability to pay. The DigniCap system considerably reduces hair loss for chemotherapy patients.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide this extra bit of care to our breast cancer patients free of charge,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “One of the most heartbreaking aspects of breast cancer is how badly it damages a woman’s self-image. This amenity is truly a blessing and will help patients maintain their confidence during treatment.”

The DigniCap system is a cutting-edge treatment used in conjunction with chemotherapy to lower the temperature of a patient’s scalp. By cooling the scalp during chemotherapy, the DigniCap system greatly decreases the amount of chemotherapy drugs that reach the hair follicles. This dramatically reduces the amount of hair that a patient may lose from the treatment. These caps, which will be provided free of charge through the grant, are normally $275 each and are not currently covered by insurance.

This advancement is just one way that CHI Saint Joseph Health is continuing to provide excellent cancer care in Kentucky. For more information, visit

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation

Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation supports CHI Saint Joseph Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.