Sentara Leigh Hospital Opens Comprehensive Breast Center
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New location, services, technologies enhance patient care

Norfolk, VA – Sept. 10, 2008 -- Sentara Leigh Hospital is enhancing care for women with the opening of its Comprehensive Breast Center in the newly-renovated 880 Building on the Sentara Leigh campus on Kempsville Road.

“We are greatly increasing the coordinated services women can receive in one place,” says Joanne Scott, director of Patient Care Services at Sentara Leigh Hospital. “Our goal is to make routine breast care and breast cancer diagnostics and treatment as patient-focused as we can,”

Scott continues. “When a woman sets foot in our Comprehensive Breast Center, we want her to feel at home with our staff and facilities.”

In addition, Sentara Leigh recently joined the National Consortium of Breast Centers, an organization committed to sharing clinical data and best practices, and to developing voluntary standards for excellence in breast care.

Sentara Leigh has added an array of physicians, services and technologies, including:

Philips iU22 Intelligent Ultrasound™ system offers higher resolution images than previous machines.
Digital mammography.
MRI-guided biopsy.
Upright and prone biopsy systems offer comfort choices for women.
 Invivo DynaCad™ computer-aided detection system highlights potential tumors to improve diagnostics.
New radiology fellowship program in mammography. Shannon Powell, M.D., is studying under fellowship-trained radiologist Nina Fabiszewski, M.D.
Fellowship-trained breast surgeon Jenny Reed, M.D. performs only breast surgery.
New patient navigator. Laurie Jesz, RN, helps patients navigate the multiple steps in cancer treatment.
Multi-disciplinary prospective tumor board designs comprehensive treatment plans.

Breast MRIs are performed at the Sentara Leigh Advanced Imaging Center, right next door to the 880 Building and can be scheduled promptly, if necessary, following a mammogram. All images are digital and available quickly via PACS™ secure internet connection to physicians involved in the patient’s care.

Chemotherapy and radiation treatments are performed by Sentara’s partner in cancer care, Virginia Oncology Associates, at the Lake Wright Center off Northampton Boulevard.

“It’s better for patients when the majority of their cancer care is performed within a coordinated system,” Joanne Scott adds. “Patients and staff develop comfortable relationships and medical histories are well-documented.

“We want to be that program for our breast cancer patients,” Scott concludes.


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