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Digital Mammogram Saves New Lenox Woman’s Life

 Joliet, IL (Oct. 4, 2010) — Deborah Battistoni needed to get her annual mammogram.  A co-worker suggested for her to go to the new Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health for two reasons—for the state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment and the beautiful, spa-like environment.

Photo caption: New Lenox resident Deborah Battistoni poses with Neda Zelehovitis, R.N., CBCN, OCN, who treated Deborah as her breast cancer was detected at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.

img_4498cwhdeborah battistoni“I am so happy that I listened to my friend and immensely thankful to the staff and radiologist at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health because they clearly saved my life,” said New Lenox resident Deborah Battistoni.
When Battistoni entered the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, she was instantly relaxed by the soothing waterfall art and spa-like surroundings. “I felt so at ease,” said 57-year old Battistoni. “The staff that welcomed me and performed my mammogram were so friendly.”

A few days later, the Center called and asked if she could come back in for additional pictures. Battistoni wasn’t alarmed by this as this has happened before when she had her mammograms at other hospitals. 

“On the day I returned to have more pictures taken, I was also cared for by Neda, who was a very knowledgeable and kind nurse,” said Battistoni.  Neda Zelehovitis, is a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN) at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.  She is one of only 339 certified to give specialized care for women with Breast Cancer in the entire country.

“By having a Certified Breast Care Nurse working at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, we are able to offer our patients even more specialized and personalized care,” said Marci Vasiliades, Manager of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.  “Through Neda’s expertise, she guides our patients through the next steps in their care.”

After the pictures were taken, the technologist notified Battistoni that the radiologist, Dr. Aaron Guajardo wanted to speak with her. “Dr. Guajardo was so kind and reassuring as he explained to me that he had seen three masses that were each the size of a pinhead in my photos,” said Battistoni. “He asked if I had time to do a biopsy right then because he wanted to make sure that we took care of the issue immediately.”

“I truly believe the quality and swift care given to me by the staff at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health saved my life. My doctor told me that if I hadn’t gotten a digital mammogram these masses wouldn’t have been detected for five years after they grew much larger,” said Battistoni.

Battistoni’s breast cancer was treated early and fortunately did not spread to her lymph nodes. As a result, she didn’t have to undergo any chemo or radiation therapy.  Instead she will be taking medication for the next five years.

Early Diagnosis Saves Lives
An estimated 211,240 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. this year, making it the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.  Women have a responsibility to gain control of their own health simply by asking their doctor to prescribe an annual screening mammogram.

“It’s important that women know their family history, talk to their doctor, and together decide on the best course of screening based on their individual needs,” says Dr. Aaron Guajardo.  

With an order from their doctor for a screening mammogram, women can then schedule their test at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox and receive their results within 24 hours. 

What is digital mammography?
Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer. This not only simplifies the process for the patient, but also makes the data easier to examine, manipulate and transfer since it is stored electronically.

Digital mammograms are also better at detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, or who are pre-or peri-menopausal. It provides physicians with better detail of the breast, allowing for a more accurate diagnosis.

“At the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, we use only digital mammography to provide our patients with the best technology available for the screening of breast cancer,” says Vasiliades.

Digital mammograms also simplify the procedure for women. Although compression of the breasts is still important when performing digital mammography, the compression paddles are more flexible, which ultimately provide women with a more comfortable experience.  Following the screening, women can call a 24-hour mammogram hotline to obtain their test results alleviating any anxiety. 

“We believe the experience at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is so much better than the other traditional facilities,” Vasiliades says.  “Women can be in and out quickly. The procedure is less intimidating, and we make sure they are being treated the way they should be--with 100 Top Hospital care.”

About Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health
The Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is conveniently located off I-355 & Route 6 in New Lenox in the Silver Cross Health   The Center is committed to providing an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location on the new hospital campus. Designed in a spa-like environment, the Center focuses on putting women at the center of their healthcare, providing quality and efficient services including mammography, breast biopsy and ultrasound, bone densitometry and heart screenings that fit the needs and lifestyle of every woman. To schedule an appointment, call 815-740-7076. To learn more about the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, visit www.imatter.silvercross.org Silver Cross Hospital.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last six consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,500 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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