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Digital Mammography Machine Opens at Fairmont General Hospital

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The Fairmont General Hospital Foundation spent nearly two years raising more than $500,000 for a digital mammography machine.

The foundation said the breast cancer death rate for Marion County is 25 percent higher than the national average, and it wanted to help change those statistics.

Lucille Ansline was the first patient to use the machine at Fairmont General Hospital Wednesday.

"I really think that this machine is really worth the half million dollars that was raised. That people just were so generous and hardworking at raising this money," Ansline said.

"She's our first official patient. She is on the foundation board with us and she has been very dedicated to us over the many years. She and I have been here a long time," said Frank Pulice Jr., of the FGH foundation.

The hospital encourages the community to begin making their appointments.