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Heritage Valley Health System Launches BreastCare Program

Moon Township, PA, (October 1, 2015) – Heritage Valley Health System is strengthening its commitment to health care for women in our area by launching the Heritage Valley BreastCare program. Heritage Valley BreastCare is a comprehensive breast care program that offers a full range of services, from screening and diagnostic breast imaging to a variety of treatments for breast cancer, with all services available locally.

"The goal of the Heritage Valley BreastCare program is to provide a complete range of coordinated care to women in the communities we serve," said John Luellen, MD, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Quality Officer, Heritage Valley Health System. "Heritage Valley has long offered state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic imaging services that will now be complemented with a full range of treatment options located within the Heritage Valley network of care."

Heritage Valley Women's Health Center, a facility dedicated to the special health care needs of women located in Center Township, will be the primary location for the Heritage Valley BreastCare program. The program features a multidisciplinary team of experts that includes radiologists, surgeons, radiation and medical oncologists, pathologists, psychologists, specialized mammography technologists, ultrasonographers, a breast care nurse navigator and a patient advocate.

The Heritage Valley BreastCare program has two tiers. The first involves screening mammography, the proven most effective tool for early detection of breast cancer. Screening mammography at Heritage Valley is convenient and accessible with eight community screening locations. Heritage Valley offers full field digital mammography for screening and diagnostic mammograms, 3D full volume breast ultrasound, 2D breast ultrasound, and Breast MRI.

"We provide advanced breast imaging services and also have the capability to perform all needed breast intervention procedures, such as MRI, ultrasound, and stereotactic guided breast biopsy procedures," said Justin Torok, MD, Medical Director of Breast Imaging at Heritage Valley Health System. "Our radiologists are board-certified, dedicated breast care imaging specialists who are passionate about their work. Our physicians have been trained at some of the leading health care organizations in the United States."

The second tier of the program is a diagnostic pathway to evaluate patients with breast cancer. Heritage Valley BreastCare has a Breast Care Nurse Navigator to support patients and coordinate follow up care including; surgical consultation, medical and radiation oncology consultation and treatment, surgical consultation and treatment, referrals to support programs and other services determined to be appropriate for the patient's circumstance.

"The goal is to provide a seamless pathway for patients from screening through additional, supplemental diagnostic procedures to a treatment plan," said Beverly Feragotti, director, Heritage Valley BreastCare. "The breast care nurse navigator and patient advocate are really the hub, they reach out, coordinate care and support patients during what can be a stressful, uncertain time."

Heritage Valley Women's Health Center currently carries the designation of Breast Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology as well as accreditation by the same. For more information about Heritage Valley BreastCare, go to www.heritagevalley.org/breastcare or call 866-901-MAMO (6266).

Heritage Valley Health System is a $480 million integrated delivery network providing comprehensive health care for residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with 3,700 employees and more than 480 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage Valley Beaver; in 60 physician offices; and 18 community satellite facilities. For more information about Heritage Valley Health System, please visit www.heritagevalley.org.

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