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Format: 04/19/2014
Format: 04/19/2014


Forbes Regional Hospital Introduces New Digital Mammography Unit and Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Forbes Hospital Introduces New Digital Mammography Unit and Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program

Monroeville, PA - (August 18, 2010) – With the addition of new technology and a Breast Care Coordinator, Forbes Hospital offers patients comprehensive breast imaging and treatment services. These changes are part of Forbes’ continued commitment to offer the best care possible to patients in their own community.

Forbes has installed a second digital mammography unit. The GE Essential Digital Mammography unit is a full field digital unit with a large field view and is considered the gold standard in digital mammography imaging.

In addition to offering patients state-of-the-art breast imaging technology, Forbes Hospital has added services to support patients in what can be an incredibly difficult situation. “Our goal through imaging and coordination of services is to provide a pathway for quicker diagnosis and more timely treatment,” says Maureen Bidula, MD, Vice Chair, Radiology at Forbes Hospital.

Through a grant from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Pittsburgh Affiliate, Forbes has hired a Breast Care Coordinator. In this role, Karen Schwaderer, RN, BSN, OCN ® assists women who have abnormal findings on a mammogram or ultrasound. Karen helps patients navigate through the health care system by coordination of follow up care with specialists such as surgery, medical oncology, and radiation oncology.

Schwaderer says that patients love this service since it gives them someone to reach out to in a very stressful time. “In the past, patients were left to their own devices to make follow up care appointments, which is incredibly overwhelming,” she said. “I help them navigate the system and also give them a sounding board to voice their concerns and fears.” She also facilitates finding financial assistance for patients who are uninsured or underinsured.

Breast Care Coordinators are a fairly new service being offered at hospitals, but one that is quickly growing throughout the nation. “With disjointed health care, Breast Care Coordinators have become imperative to helping patients identify resources and plan their care,” says Schwaderer. In addition to follow up care, she can also assist patients in locating more specialized services such as genetic counseling, lymphedema care, and plastic surgery.

To learn more about the Breast Care Program at Forbes Hospital, please call 412-858-2747.

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