Organizer Sreeta Karl-Quintana, The Floating Hospital’s director of clinic operations, said the event, in its seventh year, demonstrates The Floating Hospital’s “passionate commitment to women’s health.”
But for her, “breast health is very personal.” Her grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32 and had a double mastectomy at 40. Her mother also had a scare when a lump was found in her breast, her anxiety further heightened by a lack of health insurance.
In addition to serving a need within The Floating Hospital’s patient population, Sreeta said the mammo clinic was started because of a lack of service for uninsured and undocumented women—the former a group they’ve been seeing more of in recent years.
“Just knowing that we are doing everything we can to provide women in Queens with easy access to mammogram screenings gives me great joy,” Sreeta said. “We want women to know that their story is our story, and that they are not alone.”
The Floating Hospital holds mammogram clinics in April, August and October.
In addition to staff who volunteered their time and family members, The Floating Hospital thanks the following for their support: Multi Diagnostic Services, United Healthcare, Direct Relief, Dreamland Inc. for bras and sleepwear, Ramona Prioleau from Framiati; and community volunteers Danielle Brecker, Julia Forman and Lillian Kim.