Breast Care Center offers high-tech
health, warm environment
by Peggy Harrison
breast cancer survivors, some pictured above, along with former
first lady of Virginia Susan Allen, center, cut the ribbon
July 17, marking the opening of U.Va.s new Breast Care
By Elizabeth Kiem
years in the planning and six months under construction, the U.Va.
new Breast Care Center threw open its doors last month at a dedication
ceremony that drew more than 200 guests and hospital staff.
breast cancer survivors joined Susan Allen, a former first lady
of Virginia, to cut the ribbon July 17.
$2 million center, situated just inside the front door of the
Hospital West Complex, is the result of creative collaboration
that included the input of numerous women, some of them former
patients, and the vision of a dedicated group of Medical Center
radiologists, surgeons and oncologists.
front door location is no mistake," said Dr. Jennifer Harvey,
who will co-direct the center with Dr. David Brenin, chief of
breast surgery services. "It is a symbol of this institutions
We want women who come here to be relaxed and
known for her interest in womens health issues and for having
started the First Ladys Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative,
spoke about the intense stress women deal with when faced with
breast cancer. For those who are going through the worry
of being diagnosed, [the center offers] a calming and very stress-free
environment, and that is what we need, she said.
Edward Howell, vice president and chief executive officer of the
U.Va. Medical Center; Dr. Arthur Garson Jr., vice president and
dean of the School of Medicine; and Michael Weber, director of
the U.Va. Cancer Center, also spoke at the event.
Not lost on the group was the fact that an estimated 211,000 new
invasive cases of breast cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths
among women ages 40 to 59, are expected to occur among U.S. women
said that initially she expects the center to treat as many as
30 women a day. It has a staff of nine, including four technicians,
and a rotation of radiologists and surgeons. The layout comprises
five imaging suites and five clinical exam rooms as well as two
diagnostic areas for radiologists and surgeons to study patient
images. There is also a space for clinical trials and for second-opinion
new, 7,500-square-foot facility consolidates for the first time
services that previously had been scattered throughout the hospital.
And while it offers state-of-the-art technologies in digital mammography,
ultrasound and stereotactic needle biopsy and surgical services,
equal consideration was given to the overall comfort and tranquility
of the waiting areas, consultation offices and exam rooms.
Cattell-Gordon, director of Community Relations for the Health
System, emphasized the center's mission to provide services for
University faculty and staff as well as the larger community.
There are a lot of women here at the University age 40 and
over who will welcome the center as good news, he said.
They need first-class breast care and we are here to provide