Saint Thomas Health, a part of Ascension, celebrated the unveiling of 3D Digital Mammography for three regional ministries including Saint Thomas DeKalb, Highlands, and Stones River hospitals. The community, hospital staff, along with local and state government leaders attended the various receptions that featured pink desserts and ribbon cookies in support of breast cancer awareness month.
“This $350,000 investment of state-of-the-art equipment per hospital is part of continued efforts to re-invest in Saint Thomas rural communities. Our mission is to always focus on what is best for our patients.” said Andy Wachtel, CEO and President of Saint Thomas DeKalb, Highlands, and Stones River hospitals. “The addition of 3-D mammography provides our patients with a valuable choice concerning their health.”
“This advanced technology enables us to eliminate overlying breast densities which may hinder detection of small masses or distortions.” said Chris Mick, Radiology Director of Saint Thomas DeKalb and Stones River hospitals. “We must also remember that 3D is not a replacement for 2D mammography, but an additional tool that can be used to help resolve problems such as dense breast tissue that can hinder early detection of breast cancer.”
The new mammography units will provide state-of-the-art 2D traditional mammography, 3D, and stereotactic computer assist biopsy capabilities. 3D mammograms must be requested when scheduling an appointment. Some insurance providers do not yet cover 3D, so check with your insurance for coverage options.
ABOUT SAINT THOMAS HEALTH
Saint Thomas Health is Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system united as one healing community. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the healthcare experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes nine hospitals: Saint Thomas Hospital for Spinal Surgery, Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital in Nashville, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro, Saint Thomas Hickman Hospital in Centerville, Saint Thomas DeKalb Hospital in Smithville, Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital in Sparta, Saint Thomas River Park Hospital in McMinnville and Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital in Woodbury. A comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities complements the hospital services and covers a 68-county area. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system. For more information, visit www.STHealth.com
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.