As the Komen Foundation and others so accurately realize early detection is the best treatment for breast cancer. To this end, low-cost or no-cost mammograms are made available to the uninsured women of this area. However, statistics indicate that follow-up and treatment often fall victim to socio-economic pressures.
WINGS is designed to fill the vacuum that exists between detection and treatment. Its goal is to develop referral sources throughout the community and, in concert with organizations dedicated to education and outreach, bring quality care to women with breast cancer. WINGS' success will be measured by the number of people seeking this treatment, as well as key indicators defined by the American Cancer Society.
Physicians aligned with WINGS will work with physicians and radiologists at key community clinics to develop a source of patient referrals. This is an entirely new treatment venue in San Antonio. By melding the charitable, non-profit organization WINGS with a strong physicians' practice group, all patients will receive the benefits of quality care and "one-stop" shopping.
Services paid for by WINGS will be provided by a physicians' practice group headed by Dr. Kathryn Safford. A well-known breast surgeon and former chief of staff of Methodist Hospital, Safford brings more than 20 years' experience to this venture. Throughout her career she has maintained a strong sense of community philanthropy and has often treated patients without regard to compensation.