Women’s Imag­ing Cen­ter opens in Caln

Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal last week opened its new Women’s Imag­ing Cen­ter for res­i­dents in west­ern Ch­esco.

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CALN >> Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal last week opened its new Women’s Imag­ing Cen­ter, mark­ing na­tional Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month with the new ser­vice.

Lo­cated in­side the Out­pa­tient Ser­vices en­trance of the hos­pi­tal, the renovation and new equip­ment rep­re­sent a $1 mil­lion in­vest­ment by the hos­pi­tal, said Brandy­wine CFO Robert Ehinger.

Dr. Ti­mothy Fox, board­cer­ti­fied gen­eral sur­geon and med­i­cal di­rec­tor of the imag­ing cen­ter, has prac­ticed in Ch­ester County for 30 years, most re­cently at Paoli Hos­pi­tal be­fore join­ing Brandy­wine about a year ago.

“We felt there were a lot of women out there not get­ting care,” Fox said at Thurs­day’s open house. “This is a mea­sure of the com­mit­ment of Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal to reach out to the com­mu­nity they serve.”

The open­ing comes just weeks af­ter it was re­ported that Brandy­wine’s par­ent com­pany, Franklin, Tennessee-based Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tems, is look­ing at “al­ter­na­tives,” which could in­clude put­ting it­self up for sale. In the area, Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tems owns Brandy­wine, Jen­nersville Re­gional, Phoenixville and Pottstown hos­pi­tals.

Jeff Hunt, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at Brandy­wine, said the par­ent com­pany’s fi­nan­cial study does not stop the hos­pi­tal from pur­su­ing its plans.

“I don’t think it af­fects it at all,” Hunt said at the open­ing. “We’re con­tin­u­ing to serve the com­mu­nity.”

Ac­cord­ing to the hos­pi­tal,

“We felt there were a lot of women out there not get­ting care. This is a mea­sure of the com­mit­ment of Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal to reach out to the com­mu­nity they serve.” – Dr. Ti­mothy Fox, med­i­cal di­rec­tor of the Women’s Imag­ing Cen­ter at Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal

get­ting a mam­mo­gram is the most im­por­tant thing a woman over 45 can do to al­low for the early di­ag­no­sis – and thus suc­cess­ful treat­ment – of breast can­cer.

The new Women’s Imag­ing Cen­ter of­fers same day 3D screen­ing mam­mo­grams for pa­tients for those who call by noon to set up an ap­point­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Can­cer In­sti­tute, one in eight women in the United States will be di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in their life­time.

“We are ex­cited to of­fer pa­tients ac­cess to ad­vanced screen­ing and di­ag­nos­tic ser­vices in one con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion,” Fox said in a state­ment. “The cen­ter fea­tures ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy such as 3D dig­i­tal mam­mog­ra­phy (to­mosyn­the­sis), al­low­ing physi­cians to de­tect the small­est of tu­mors sooner, at the ear­li­est stages of breast can­cer when they are most cur­able.”

Also avail­able are breast ul­tra­sound and min­i­mally in­va­sive breast biopsy pro­ce­dures, as well as bone den­sity screen­ing.

The cen­ter was de­signed with larger, ded­i­cated wait­ing ar­eas and chang­ing rooms, self-ser­vice bev­er­age sta­tion and more, ex­plained Lisa A. Kazan­jian, Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal’s di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and physi­cian out­reach, dur­ing a tour of the fa­cil­ity.

A mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team spe­cial­iz­ing in the treat­ment of breast disease works to­gether with the pa­tient’s pri­mary care doc­tor to man­age the care of each pa­tient, the hos­pi­tal said.

Mam­mo­grams are con­ducted by spe­cially trained tech­nol­o­gists cer­ti­fied by the Amer­i­can Reg­istry of Ra­di­o­logic Tech­nol­o­gists. A fel­low­ship-trained, board-cer­ti­fied breast ra­di­ol­o­gist in­ter­prets the di­ag­nos­tic stud­ies and per­forms min­i­mally in­va­sive biopsy pro­ce­dures in the cen­ter. If an ab­nor­mal­ity is dis­cov­ered on an imag­ing study, a mem­ber of our sur­gi­cal team is avail­able for con­sul­ta­tion within 48 hours. A “nurse nav­i­ga­tor”is also on hand to help guide pa­tients di­ag­nosed with breast ab­nor­mal­i­ties through­out her eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment, Kazan­jian added.

The cen­ter is open week­days with ex­tended hours and the se­cond and fourth Satur­days each month.

“Pa­tients no longer need to travel out­side the lo­cal area for qual­ity breast imag­ing and care,” Hunt said.

Com­mu­nity Health Sys­tems is one of the largest pub­licly traded hos­pi­tal com­pa­nies in the U.S. The com­pany owns, leases or op­er­ates 158 af­fil­i­ated hos­pi­tals in 22 states with nearly 27,000 li­censed beds.

For a list of breast can­cer risk fac­tors and Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety rec­om­men­da­tions, visit www.Can­cer.org.

On the web: Brandy­wineHospi­tal.com.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Women’s Imag­ing Cen­ter at Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal cel­e­brated its open­ing Thurs­day. Dr. James Back­strom of Foun­da­tion Ra­di­ol­ogy Group; Paul Mar­tone, physi­cian devel­op­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive of ACEO at Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal; Julie Matarese, di­rec­tor of Imag­ing ser­vices; and Adriene Dazio, ra­di­ol­ogy ad­vo­cate, stand with the 3D mam­mog­ra­phy ma­chine.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The cen­ter of­fers spe­cially trained physi­cians and staff in ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing 3D mam­mog­ra­phy.

PETE BANNAN — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Shown are Paul Mar­tone, physi­cian devel­op­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive for ACEO at Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal; Julie Matarese, di­rec­tor of imag­ing ser­vices; Dr. James Back­strom of Foun­da­tion Ra­di­ol­ogy Group; Jeff Hunt, Brandy­wine Hos­pi­tal’s CEO; and board mem­bers Tom Tracy and David Moser.

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