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Sutter Coast Imaging Center Marks First Anniversary

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Sutter Coast Hospital | 0 comments

Crescent City — The Sutter Coast Imaging Center in Brookings Harbor celebrated its first anniversary offering affordable CT scans, ultrasounds, walk-in digital X-rays and 3D mammography. To celebrate, the hospital thanked local providers, Sutter Coast volunteers and the community for their commitment and support of the facility.

“We are grateful to the community and our dedicated team of technologists who have helped create many milestones in our first year,” said Mitch Hanna, chief executive at Sutter Coast Hospital.

The imaging center provided more than 1000 procedures and became the first in the region to offer 3D mammography. The new 3D technology improves the ability of doctors to detect the size, shape and location of cancerous tumors within the breast with low radiation. For patients, this means early breast cancer detection and a decreased need for additional images and biopsies allowing for a quicker diagnosis, less false positives and more peace of mind.

According to Hanna, the Sutter Coast Hospital Auxiliary donated $50,000 towards the purchase of the new equipment and in appreciation the hospital is creating a plaque to recognize the generous gift.

“We were so honored that our donation helped bring this life-saving technology to our community,” said Linda Wright, Sutter Coast Auxiliary member who was the first patient to use the new 3D mammo.  “As a women, I understand the importance of early detection and the staff at the imaging center are kind, understanding and compassionate about making you feel like family, not just a patient.”

Another milestone for the center was its recent accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for Mammography. ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging and demonstrates Sutter Coast’s commitment to providing the safest and best quality care for patients.

“To receive this accreditation means that we have completed a comprehensive review by the American College of Radiology and they found our facility to have met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety for mammography,” said Wendi Workinger, radiology manager at Sutter Coast Hospital. “Radiation dose is important as the American Cancer Society recommends screenings every other year for women 55 and older.”

In October, as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Imaging Center will provide free 3D mammograms for uninsured patients and has planned a mixer event with the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 13.

“We are happy to celebrate our first anniversary in this community and to provide accurate, advanced and timely imaging services for patients close to home,” said Workinger who has worked for Sutter Coast for more than 20 years “I love being able to provide state-of-the-art imaging services in the community where I live.”

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Sutter Coast Hospital | 0 comments