Woman Breast Care
One of the growing trends in health care is a simplified approach
with personal attention. Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women is one of
the local health care facilities to join an elite group, such as Baylor,
Yale-New Haven and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in providing
this individualized care.
Beginning this fall, the Baptist Women’s Hospital will offer
comprehensive breast health services under “one roof,” with a specialist
to guide patients through the entire process. This approach gives women
access to the latest medical treatments, the best medical experts,
second and third opinions, all of the treatment options available and
answers to individual questions – all with the support of a familiar
face throughout the treatment process.
So here’s how it would work. After your physician refers you for
further testing (a diagnostic mammogram) or the radiologist notices an
abnormality in your mammogram, your care would be steered by a breast
health coordinator, who is a registered nurse. The breast health
coordinator would help you:
- Get as many answers as possible that day, explaining the results of any tests and advising you of the options available.
- Make you aware of resources available, such as
breast cancer support groups and medical retail stores that provide
wigs, bras and other supplies .
- Help you set up appointments with any health
care professionals involved in your care, including general surgeons,
oncologists or genetic counselors.
The genetic counselor at Baptist can help determine if you have an
inherited risk for developing cancer, arrange genetic testing, help you
interpret the results of tests and provide counseling support.
In addition to making all of these services available under “one
roof,” the Baptist Women’s Hospital will allow you to have your case
medically reviewed as you undergo treatment. That helps ensure you
receive the latest medical treatment available, along with the expertise
of a variety of breast cancer specialists.
In this world of automation, evolving medical treatments and the
variety of health care options, it’s a relief to see a return to a time
of simple instructions, personalized care and a friendly face with the
time to hear your concerns, answer your questions and offer you advice.
For more information about Baptist’s comprehensive breast health center, please call (901) 227-9000 or visit www.baptistonline.org.