Just last year the SOMC Cancer Center opened its Breast Center addition on the lower level of the facility. Formerly located at the main campus of SOMC, the addition was built and designed for convenience of the patient.
Celebrating one full year of the Breast Center Facility being in operation, SOMC’s Administrative Director of Cancer Services/Community Health and Wellness Wendi Waugh discussed the transition of the different departments coming together to provide comprehensive care, and patient response to the improved facility in the first year of operation.
“As far as employees it was a big adjustment, because we had really two departments coming together the Cancer Services Department and the Breast Imaging Department,” said Waugh. “I think always when you do something like that change is scary, I think we were all wondering how it might all come together. This year was the first year we’ve worked together on the Paint it Pink/Light it Pink campaign and a couple of weeks ago we were getting together all the decorations and working together and I just made the comment, “Oh my gosh, this is just amazing seeing the Breast Imaging Team and the Cancer Services Team working together, laughing, developing relationships, all that fear of change has just disintegrated. I think we’re living together like a happy family and we all feel really good about being able to surround the patient with the resources.”
While previously located in different buildings and locations, The Breast Center relocation now provides patients with more convenient breast care from SOMC radiologists, surgeons, oncologists and breast care specialists.
“From the patients perspective we’ve heard absolutely nothing but positive feedback and response from being together, We not only have that anecdotal feeling but we have real data in which we were measuring the time it took to get from an abnormal lump to a biopsy before being together and the time that it takes now from an abnormal mammogram to a biopsy and we’ve reduced that by about half the time,” said Waugh. “It just makes us so proud to know that we’re reducing anxiety. I think the scariest part of any time you have abnormal imaging is the not knowing if it’s cancer or not. So if we can reduce that time in-between, that’s a huge relief to the patient and family. We’ve felt really good about that and the patients have felt really good as well. “
Waugh added that having Dr. Scarpinato in the Breast Center completed the check list for care oriented towards the patient.
“Other than coordinating breast imaging and Cancer Services, we couldn’t do any of that without Dr. Scarpinato’s office, the breast surgeon, being located at the new location as well. It’s really the perfect trio of patient centered care,” said Waugh.
At last year’s ribbon cutting, Scarpinato referred to the center as a single stop for patients, and stated that creating ease for patients was his main goal. “If we can make this journey just a little bit easier for our breast cancer patients, which are already dealing with so much, then I think we’ve done our job,” said Dr. Scarpinato
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