Press release from Dearborn County Hospital
Radiologists Dr. James Cole and Dr. John
Botsford join Marcia Bowling, DCH Lead
Mammographer, in examining one of the two
mammography rooms in the new DCH Breast
Care Center. Each room features a new state
of the art digital mammography unit. These
units provide the latest technology for both
screening and diagnostic mammography, as
well as for stereotactic breast biopsy.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - The new Breast Care Center at Dearborn County Hospital is now open. Located adjacent to the hospital in Suite 120 of the Dearborn County Hospital Professional Building, the DCH Breast Care Center melds state of the art healthcare with the feel and personalized service found in upscale salons or boutique hotels.
The décor is more reminiscent of something from the pages of Southern Living or Traditional Home magazines than that of a healthcare facility. Floral prints blend with soft green and rich raspberry and gold tones to create a look that is both luxurious and inviting.
Beyond the lovely furnishings and attentive personnel, however, is a healthcare facility comprised of the latest imaging technology and staffed by General Surgeons, Oncologists, a Plastic-Reconstructive Surgeon, Radiologists, a Nurse Navigator/Family Nurse Practitioner, Radiologic Technologists and a Social Service Consultant.
“The Breast Care Center is designed to be a positive, welcoming place. Its purpose is to encompass all aspects of breast health,” noted Kelly Ferreira, DCH Breast Care Center Nurse Navigator/Family Nurse Practitioner. “Our intent is for the Center to be a site for routine breast health and advanced diagnostic and clinical services, as well as for education, reference and support.”
Featured in the Center are two new, state of the art digital mammography units. These units provide the latest technology for both screening and diagnostic mammography and stereotactic biopsy.
“Everyone who comes to DCH for a screening or diagnostic mammogram utilizes the Breast Care Center,” continued Mrs. Ferreira. “While our emphasis is on total breast health, the vast majority of individuals who come to the Breast Care Center will visit for a clinical breast exam and/or a screening mammogram. For those individuals who require additional care, the Center is able to offer a full complement of services.”
The Center offers comprehensive breast care ranging from screening and diagnostic mammography to the coordination of advanced diagnostic, therapeutic, surgical and/or reconstructive procedures and related support services. In cooperation with the individual’s personal physician, advanced care is
provided under the direction of General Surgeons Dr. Shannon Davis, Dr. Mark McAndrew and Dr. Michael McAndrew, who are members of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.
Procedures performed in the DCH Breast Care Center include clinical breast exams; screening and diagnostic digital mammography; pre-operative needle localizations; cyst aspirations and stereotactic core biopsies. Physician consultations with General Surgeons, a Plastic-Reconstructive Surgeon, Oncologists and Radiologists are also available in the Center, as is coordination for in-hospital procedures such as breast MRI or diagnostic ultrasound.
“As the Center’s Nurse Navigator/Family Nurse Practitioner, my job is to answer questions and provide breast health information to all individuals, however, my primary function is to assist patients who have an abnormal mammogram or those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Under the direction of their surgeon, I work with the patient as requested, to help coordinate specific portions or all aspects of their continuing care. My work may be as simple as scheduling an appointment for a breast MRI or as detailed as helping to coordinate the ongoing plan of care for a person newly diagnosed with breast cancer. It all depends upon the clinical needs of the patient and the type and degree of assistance the individual desires,” she explained.
“While much of my work deals with the patient’s immediate clinical issues, I am also available to assist with non-medical problems which could impede proper or timely treatment. Sometimes issues such as transportation or lack of financial resources cause patients to delay follow-up diagnostic procedures or even treatment.”
The Breast Care Center is also available to assist breast cancer patients and breast cancer survivors with other services including the acquisition of wigs and headwear; breast prostheses; lymphedema compression garments and personal care products.
“In my position as the Center’s Nurse Navigator, my focus is to offer support to the individual and to help guide them through their diagnostic testing and when necessary, their treatment and recovery,” Mrs. Ferreira added.
“A diagnosis of cancer or a potential diagnosis of cancer is very frightening. It not only affects an individual’s immediate plans but can have an effect on how they view life. My job is to help alleviate some of their anxiety, fears or stress and to assist them in maintaining a positive outlook. I let them know that they are not alone in dealing with their illness and I help to serve as their advocate. Together we can sort out the complexities of their clinical care so they can devote more of their time and energy to getting well.”
Physicians and physician practices working in coordination with the DCH Breast Care Center include Dr. Shannon Davis, Dr. Mark McAndrew and Dr. Michael McAndrew of Dearborn County Surgery; Dr. Mary Albers, Dr. Kurt Leuenberger, Dr. John Sacco and Dr. Louis Schroder of Oncology/Hematology Care; Dr. Thomas Jackson of Southern Indiana Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery and Dr. John Botsford, Dr. James Cole, Dr. William Drew and Dr. Kyung Noh of River Valley Imaging.
To schedule a screening or diagnostic mammogram at the Dearborn County Hospital Breast Care Center, please call 812/532-2611 or 800/676-5572, ext. 2611. For additional information on the Center, please call Mrs. Ferreira at 812/537-8383 or 800/676-5572, ext. 8383.