By Sarah Shurge – A new and expanded Breast Care Center opened on Monday, June 28th, at Beaumont Hospital, Wayne campus.
The $5 million facility has the latest in screening and diagnostic technology, and will provide a full array of breast care services located under one roof.
“Our goal is to decrease patient’s anxiety of waiting and the increased advanced imaging capabilities should improve wait times.” said Dr. Jessica Kaniowski, medical director, Beaumont Breast Care Center, Wayne.
The new breast care center is 6,625-square-feet, which more than doubles the size of the former 2,900-square-foot, off campus site. The center has three tomosynthesis mammography machines which will triple the access to 3D mammography. It also has three breast ultrasound rooms, four exam rooms, a dedicated bone density testing suite, and an onsite breast surgeon.
Other available advanced imaging technologies the new centers include are digital mammography, breast ultrasound, MRI, and image-guided breast procedures.
The center also features diagnostic and surgical consultation connected to the hospital and the adjacent surgical services.
“This expansion is an incredible step toward meeting the growing need for high-quality breast care in a compassionate environment,” said Wayne Mayor John Rhaesa. “With specialty-trained experts on hand who are using state-of-the-art equipment that will allow for accurate diagnosis and earlier detection of breast cancer, it is my sincerest hope that more lives can be saved.”
Early detection of breast cancer is important. Breast cancer that is detected early usually means more treatment options and there is a better chance of survival.
There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.
According to the American Cancer Society and the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed among US women.
According to NBCF, it was estimated in 2020 that approximately 30% of all new cancer diagnoses in women were breast cancer.
About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in her lifetime and breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women after lung cancer.
Patient volume for breast care services at Beaumont, Wayne has grown 30% in the past five years.
To better serve the patients, a bigger space was needed.
“Our new, expanded Beaumont Breast Care Center, Wayne would not have been possible without the generous support of our capital campaign donors,” said Tammy Scarborough, president, Beaumont hospitals: Taylor, Trenton, Wayne. “The Beaumont Hospital, Wayne medical staff and employees through the Spirit of Giving Program gave generously.”
Scarborough gave a special thank you to Dr. Donald Conn and the radiologists at Harris, Birkhill, Wang, Songe and Associates for their $1 million gift. As well as Chief of Staff Dr. Muzammil Ahmed, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ashok Jain, and Brian Madison for their gifts.
“As physicians we have always believed in the importance of giving back to the communities that we serve. This donation will help Beaumont Wayne lead the way in providing the highest quality breast care to our patients and for our patients. We’re very happy, proud and humbled to be part of it,” said Dr. Donald Conn, diagnostic radiologist.
All women 40 years of age and older should have an annual mammogram, along with those with a family history of breast cancer.
About 85% of breast cancer occurs in women who have no family history of breast cancer.
“A mammogram can be life saving. Mammograms are currently the most effective method for detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. Early detection can make a difference” said Dr. Kaniowski.
To schedule a mammogram, visit beaumont.org/mammogram.
For appointments at the Breast Care Center, call the Beaumont Access Center at (800)543-9355 and to schedule an appointment with a breast surgeon, call (734)467-2670.
“Having access to a world-class breast care facility so close to home, is a true blessing for our entire community,” said Mayor Rhaesa.
Mayor Rhaesa, President Scarborough, Dr. Conn, Dr. Kaniowski, and Dr. Ashok Jain, chief medical officer, Beaumont Hospital, Wayne, all spoke at the Breast Care Center preview on Wednesday, June 23rd.