In his role as a physician, Dr. Todd Hlavaty of the Callahan Cancer Center, gets a firsthand look at the impact of the Great Plains Health Care Foundation.

“I can see directly what we give through the lives of our patients,” Hlavaty said recently. “The foundation enhances my ability to practice, and it’s just incredible how it serves our community.”

Hlavaty and his wife Julie are passionate supporters of the foundation and their support hit a milestone this year, totaling more than $100,000.

Hlavaty, a board-certified radiation oncologist, has been the medical director of the Callahan Cancer Center at Great Plains Health for nearly 27 years. His engagement with the foundation began when he arrived. He has served on its board of directors for seven years.

The Hlavatys say that giving provides a opportunity to reflect on the people and places that invest in one’s life.

“Be grateful for what you have, and find ways to express your gratitude,” Hlavaty said. “Find something you are passionate about, and indirectly and directly contribute.”

As a physician, Hlavaty says he carries a responsibility to be a leader in the delivery of healthcare. The new ER comes to his mind as an impactful Foundation project, and he is an advocate for the foundation’s latest project, expanding access to a new 3D tomosynthesis mammogram machine.

A 3D tomosynthesis mammogram machine can help detect breast cancer at an earlier stage, as well as reduce callbacks and find cancer in dense tissue.

The foundation’s mission, to inspire philanthropy that will enhance the quality and availability of healthcare services for our patients and community, is close to the Hlavaty’s hearts.

To learn more about the Great Plains Healthcare Foundation and the 3D tomosynthesis mammogram machine, visit

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