Digital Mammography Now Offered at Hospital
St. Vincent Hospital (SVH) is now a Pink Ribbon Facility, offering Digital Mammography. Following over 12 months of fundraising, the Selenia unit from Hologic was installed at SVH in the beginning of July.
“The Selenia model is the same model as is in use at many hospitals in Colorado, it was highly recommended,” said Sue Coles, SVH Radiology Manager.
Pink Ribbon Facilities are digital imaging centers recognized by Hologic as providing excellence in breast health paired with their exceptional commitment and support to the women of their community. St. Vincent Hospital Foundation also offers funds for uninsured and underinsured residents of Lake County to obtain mammograms.
Breast Cancer will affect an average of one in eight women sometime in their lifetime. It is the second most common cause of cancer related deaths in women. It has been proven that early detection is vital to successful treatment of Breast Cancer.
The use of Mammography has greatly increased the ability to detect breast cancer at early stages. As opposed to the hospital’s previous film mammography, Digital Mammography benefits patients by providing high resolution images, lower doses of radiation, less “re-takes”, and faster transmittal of the images to the radiologist.
“I was impressed by the support we got in the community for this project, it is a campaign I will always look back on fondly,” commented SVH Foundation Director, Karen Rinehart.
The final budget for the project was $197,330. Funding was accomplished through many private donations, including a bequest from the Estate of Marie Schlamann. Corporate and Foundation donors included Climax Area Community Investment Fund, Caring for Colorado, The Safeway Foundation, Anschutz Family Foundation and Summit Foundation.
The public can view the new mammography unit, during an open house and ice cream social at the SVH Leadville Medical Clinic and hospital on Tuesday, July 30 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Mammograms may be scheduled by calling the hospital radiology department at 719-486-7152. To inquire about the Mammogram Fund for Lake County residents, call Karen Rinehart at 719-486-7135.
In other hospital news . . .
In other St. Vincent Hospital news, the radiology department recently received a new remote controlled Ultrasound table in mid-July.
The refurbished table was purchased by the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation for $2,500. It improves patient comfort during Ultrasounds and offers the radiology technicians enhanced access to patients during screenings. Ultrasound techs often experience repetitive stress injuries.