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Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health Celebrates First Anniversary by Offering $100 Mammograms

Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health Celebrates First Anniversary by Offering $100 Mammograms

 Joliet, IL (October 20, 2010) — In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is celebrating its first year anniversary by offering screening mammograms for $100 for women who call in October to make an appointment before the end of the year.

Photo caption: Pictured are employees from Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health: Front row: Marybeth Antone, Joyce Pastore, Debbie Ginnetti, Shelley Surman, Janine Formenti, Neda Zelehovitis, Marci Vasiliades; Back row: Mary Franceschini, Shannon Jakovich, Peggy Draksler, Dr. Andre Edwards, Karen DePass, Julie Sluis, Toni Rohder

employees cwhcThe Center for Women’s Health represents a unique concept in women’s healthcare. The Center was the first in the region to provide an advanced level of diagnostics coupled with specialized care for women in one convenient location. Set in a spa-like environment, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health offers a variety of healthcare services designed around a woman’s needs and lifestyle. The Center is located on the Silver Cross replacement hospital campus at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox.

During its first year, the Center performed approximately 13,000 total exams, including digital mammograms, ultrasounds, bone density screenings, labs and breast biopsies. For breast health services, the Center has performed over 9,000 mammograms, and 141 breast biopsies, which 46 of these were confirmed cases of breast cancer.

 “During our first year, we have been able to help diagnose cancer and other illnesses early while they are still treatable giving our patients their best chance for a full recovery,” said Marybeth Antone, Administrative Director for the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. 

What is digital mammography?
Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer. Digital mammograms are better at detecting breast cancer in women with dense breasts, or who are pre-or peri-menopausal. It provides physicians with a more accurate picture of the breast, allowing for quick and simple diagnosis.

The Center’s crown jewel is full field digital mammography—the latest breast cancer testing available. “At the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health, we use only digital mammography technology to provide our patients with the best service and care,” says Marci Vasiliades, Manager of the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health. “We are even able to scan patients’ prior mammogram films into our system which converts the images to a digital format for easy comparison.”

Digital mammograms also simplify the procedure for women. Although compression of the breasts is still important when performing digital mammography, the compression paddles are warmer and 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. 

In addition, the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health is uniquely staffed with a Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN™) as there are only 339 CBCN™ certified nurses throughout the country.  

“By having a Certified Breast Care Nurse working at the Center, we are able to offer our patients even more specialized and personalized care,” said Vasiliades. “This specialized nurse guides our patients through the next steps in their care.”

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

“Mammography may not be perfect, but we do know that yearly screening mammography significantly reduces the risk of dying of breast cancer,” says Dr. Aaron Guajardo, radiologist at the Silver Cross Center for Women’s Health.  His job is to find early breast cancer that can be cured.

“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. 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 in New Lenox and receive their results within 24 hours.  The $100 screening mammogram includes the radiologist fee. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted at time of appointment—insurance will not be billed.  Please mention this SPECIAL MAMMOGRAM when you call (815) 740-7076 to schedule your appointment with your doctor’s order.  Don’t have a doctor?  Call 1-888-660-HEAL for a free referral.

Plus, through our Silver Cross’ free I Matter™ program, Center for Women’s Health patients receive valuable discounts from over 150 local businesses just for getting their regular health screenings.  To learn more visit www.IMatter.silvercross.org.

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 is underway to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in February 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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