May 20, 2013

Baptist Breast Care now open

By Carrie Dillard
Managing Editor

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Baptist Health Breast Care is now open.  

Offering the latest technology of 3-D digital mammography, breast MRI, sterotactic breast biopsy and ultrasound, Baptist Health Breast Care works in a team approach to offer multiple services in one location for the convenience and best interest of the patient. The team consists of radiologists, registered nurses, a breast surgeon, sonographers, technologists and a nurse navigator.

“A major advantage to Baptist Health Breast Care is the measure of comfort that we can provide to our customers by offering multiple services in one location,” said Mark Steely, executive director of Business Development and Diagnostic Services.

The Corbin hospital took in their first patient at the new Breast Care facility one week ago.  At an official ribbon cutting Wednesday, Hospital CEO Larry Gray welcomed community leaders and staff.

“Over a year ago, we set out a goal…and slowly the pieces have come into place,” he said.

The idea and research may have taken time, but construction of the facility itself has been anything but slow. Steely stated the construction project was underway in February and completed by May 1.  Gray said the make-up of the care center is a new way of thinking for many hospitals, creating a patient-centered environment.

“In the old days, we designed services to make it easy on us,” he said.  “This was built entirely from the patient’s perspective. We want to offer women in our community, and the people who love them, comprehensive breast care close to home.”

In the facility, there are separate stations for ultrasound, mammography and the new 3-D digital mammography.  This latest technology provides a clearer, more accurate view of the breast and allows physicians to more effectively pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities.

All services are located adjacent to the office of Dr. Barbara Michna, breast care surgeon.  Michna’s patients who require an ultrasound or other breast care services will be able to visit those areas without getting redressed and undressed again for their procedures.

“It’s convenient for my patients,” she said.  “What’s good for the patients is what it’s all about.”

During the Open House and tour Wednesday, community leaders praised Baptist Health Corbin for their efforts in opening the new comprehensive Breast Care center.

“It is a blessing to have such a facility in our area,” said State Representative Regina Bunch of House District 82, which includes both Laurel and Whitley counties.