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Heritage Valley Launches Comprehensive Breast Care Program

Heritage Valley Health System is expanding its commitment to providing the best health care for women by launching a comprehensive breast care program for women in our region. Beginning in October, Heritage Valley BreastCare will offer a full range of services from screening and diagnostic breast imaging to treatments for breast cancer, coordinating care throughout the entire process. All services will be available locally, in the Heritage Valley network.

"For many years, Heritage Valley has provided high quality mammography screening," said John Luellen, MD, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Heritage Valley Health System. "The Heritage Valley BreastCare program deepens our reach by offering treatment for breast cancer by committed, high quality physicians. This means that women in need of breast cancer treatment will not have to travel outside of the region to receive quality care."

The primary location for the program is the Heritage Valley Women's Health Center, a facility dedicated to the special health care needs of women, located in Center Township. Heritage Valley BreastCare is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of experts that include radiologists, surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, pathologists, psychologists, specialized mammography technologists, ultrasonographers, a breast care nurse navigator and a patient advocate.

Heritage Valley BreastCare has two tiers. The first involves screening mammography, the proven most effective tool for early detection of breast cancer. Screening mammography at Heritage Valley is convenient and accessible with eight community screening locations. Heritage Valley offers full field digital mammography for screening and diagnostic mammograms, 3D full volume breast ultrasound, 2D breast ultrasound, and Breast MRI.

"We provide advanced breast imaging services and also have the capability to perform all needed breast intervention procedures, such as MRI, ultrasound, and stereotactic guided breast biopsy procedures," said Justin Torok, MD, Medical Director of Breast Imaging at Heritage Valley Health System. "Our radiologists are board-certified, dedicated breast care imaging specialists who are passionate about their work. Our physicians have been trained at some of the leading health care organizations in the United States."

The second tier of the program is a diagnostic pathway to evaluate patients with breast cancer. Heritage Valley BreastCare has a Breast Care Nurse Navigator to support patients and coordinate follow up care including; surgical consultation, medical and radiation oncology consultation and treatment, surgical consultation and treatment, referrals to support programs and other services determined to be appropriate for the patient's circumstance.

"The goal is to provide a seamless pathway for patients from screening through additional supplemental diagnostic procedures to a treatment plan," said Beverly Feragotti, director, Heritage Valley BreastCare. "The Breast Care Nurse Navigator and Patient Advocate are really the hub, they reach out, coordinate care and support patients during what can be a stressful, uncertain time."

Heritage Valley Women's Health Center currently carries the designation of Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology as well as accreditation by the same. For more information about Heritage Valley BreastCare go to www.heritagevalley.org/breastcare.

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