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New Women's Suite Opens At Barton Memorial Hospital

New Women's Suite Opens At Barton Memorial Hospital
New, localized technology and services to support community health

(South Lake Tahoe, CA) – The Women’s Suite at Barton Memorial Hospital celebrated its grand opening this week, welcoming a new era in local cancer screenings and community health. The Women’s Suite is home to the new 3D tomosynthesis mammogram machine, made possible by a $230,000 donation from the Barton Auxiliary. The women’s suite additionally offers private changing rooms, a comfortable waiting area, and with a gift from the Barton Foundation, healing design art. The Women’s Suite is intended to create an environment where patients feel supported with increased privacy and quality care.

“It’s quite timely we celebrate the opening of the Women’s Suite during National Volunteer Week, with the mammogram technology now offered at Barton being a direct result of the hard work from the Barton Auxiliary volunteers,” said Dr. Clint Purvance, President and CEO at Barton Health.  “The Women’s Suite is a shining example of how the Auxiliary works tirelessly to ensure Barton Health continues to provide consistently exceptional care for our community.”

The 3D tomosynthesis machine in the Women’s Suite allows Barton Health to provide the most advanced, state-of-the-art mammogram services in the Tahoe Basin. With this system, every aspect of breast mammograms and breast biopsies can now be completed without the need for patients to travel. The 3D technology significantly improves the cancer detection rate through increased scanning detail, comparable to examining each card in a deck rather than the deck of cards itself. With a more accurate view of the breast, the call-back rate for women and men to have follow-up exams has also decreased.

The new 3D tomosynthesis mammogram machine at Barton is the only one of its kind in the West Coast offering 2D Synthesized Imaging. This brand new FDA approved process allows higher quality images without the need for additional views, saving the patient time as well all decreasing radiation exposure by almost 50 percent.

For more information about the Women’s Suite, visit bartonhealth.org/medicalimaging and to make an appointment for a 3D mammogram, call 530.543.5851. To learn more about the Barton Auxiliary and volunteer opportunities with Barton Health, visit bartonhealth.org/auxiliary or call 530.543.5728.

Photo: Barton Auxiliary President, Vikki Egry (center), celebrated the Women's Suite opening with Director of Medical Imaging, Tom Davis (left) and Medical Imaging physician, Dr. Len Holmgren (right) during National Volunteer Week. 

Top Photo: From left to right - Barton Health Chief Financial Officer, Dick Derby; former Barton Auxiliary President, Sandy Killian; Medical Imaging physician, Dr. Len Holmgren; and Barton Director of Medical Imaging, Tom Davis conducted a ribbon cutting and plaque dedication ceremony at the new Barton Women's Suite this week.