McDermott Secures Certificate of Need Required to Launch Mobile Mammography Program in DC Metro Area - McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Secures Certificate of Need Required to Launch Mobile Mammography Program in DC Metro Area


McDermott Will & Emery provided valuable legal counsel to secure a Certificate of Need required for Breast Care for Washington (BCW) to launch its Mobile Mammography Program. The Firm maintains a long-standing pro bono relationship with BCW and is proud to support their work offering critical services to women in need, particularly those in DC’s outlying areas.

“McDermott is honored to play a role in Breast Care for Washington’s critical work bringing lifesaving health care to underserved women and families in the DC Metro area,” said Karen Sealander, McDermott partner and chairman of the Board of Directors of BCW. “It’s a thrill to see the Firm’s logo on the new vehicle as a symbol of McDermott’s commitment to giving back to the communities where we live and practice. As a Firm recognized for our work in the health care sector, it means so much to know that we have been able to play a role in addressing what has truly become a public health crisis here in Washington.”

McDermott played a vital role in helping BCW open the doors to the first and only state-of-the-art 3D technology breast-screening center east of the Anacostia River. The Firm secured a critical exemption from Certificate of Need requirements when the DC Department of Health Director determined that BCW’s services were “necessary for the declared public health purpose of expanding access to primary health care in the District of Columbia.”

In addition to Karen Sealander, the McDermott team who helped secure the Certificate of Need and other documentation necessary to launch the Mobile Mammography Program includes Amandeep Sidhu, Guy Collier, Llewelyn Engel, Mary Hallerman and James Cannatti.

McDermott lawyers are committed to giving back through a comprehensive pro bono program that provides critical legal services in areas including, but not limited to, family law, civil rights, veterans’ rights, special education, guardianship, elder abuse, criminal defense and asylum and immigration.

Breast Care for Washington was founded in 2012 as a community-centered breast cancer screening organization to enhance access to breast cancer screening and care among medically underserved women in the Washington, DC area. The programs and services of BCW are innovative and embed breast cancer screening within a federally qualified healthcare center located in the District of Columbia’s Ward 8. Breast Care for Washington’s mission is to reduce breast cancer mortality in the Washington, DC area by promoting access to breast cancer screening, diagnostics, and treatment to all women regardless of their ability to pay.

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