Carson hospital launches one-stop breast health service
CARSON CITY — Coming summer 2016, gaining access to complete breast imaging services in Carson City will be easier and more convenient than ever before. Plans for a comprehensive Breast Center at Sierra Surgery, located on the Carson Tahoe Medical Campus, were announced April 26 by Michelle Joy, chief operating officer of Carson Tahoe Health.
The new center will offer complete breast imaging technology, expertise, and outpatient services in support of the early detection of breast cancer. From brand new 3-D mammography, to ultrasound-guided biopsies, and MRI, the center will enable patients to experience seamless integration of preventive and diagnostic services, all under one roof. Previously, many patients would need to access two or more imaging locations to receive additional breast diagnostic procedures.
“Carson Tahoe has been fortunate in the last several years to acquire the latest imaging technologies, assuring easy access to high quality care close to home,” Joy said. “This is another opportunity for us to bring imaging services in our region to the next level.”
Every mammogram performed at Carson Tahoe Health, including Minden Medical Center, will be utilizing 3-D Mammography (tomosynthesis) technology, which is one of the most advanced forms of diagnostic tests available for the screening of breast cancer. Studies show that early detection of breast cancer increase and false positives decrease substantially when 3-D imaging is used. The exam is also covered by most insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid.
Understanding that breast imaging and procedures can be an anxious experience for patients and family members, the center is also designed to foster a nurturing environment, which can be seen, heard, and felt at every touch point. In addition to Carson Tahoe’s team of compassionate experts, the center will offer a serene water feature and original, local artwork that promote a peaceful and uplifting vision of the natural world.
“The breast center combines art and science through a patient-centered approach, one that embraces a tranquil healing environment and the most advanced diagnostic services,” added Joy.
The Carson Tahoe Breast Center, located at 1400 Medical Parkway in Carson City, is scheduled to be open in August 2016, and the new 3-D technology at Minden Medical Center will be offered beginning in June 2016.
Heather Ashbridge, who started with Nevada State Development Corporation in 2008, previously served in several roles with the organization, including assistant vice president and loan officer. She is based in NSDC’s Reno office.