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Published on March 02, 2012

Community Hospital’s Carol Hatton Breast Care Center turns 10

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MONTEREY, Calif. — Ten years ago Sunday, Community Hospital’s Carol Hatton Breast Care Center opened its cheerful purple front door to welcome women from around the region who wanted a specialized approach to breast care, combining expertise, warmth, and support in a dedicated setting.

“Thousands of women have come through that door in the decade since and found what they were looking for,” says Jan Dunn, coordinator of the center since it opened. “Our experts have performed tens of thousands of procedures, including mammograms, ultrasounds, needle biopsies, and bone density scans. Our patients get the reassurance they need about their health — or an individualized plan of action to deal with any issues that are detected.”

That action plan is created and executed by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians who work together to try to create a cohesive, coordinated experience, says Dr. Susan Roux, the center’s medical director and also a founding staff member.

“I am extremely proud to be completing 10 years of teamwork with Community Hospital’s great group of general and plastic surgeons, oncologists,  pathologists, radiation oncologists, and primary care doctors, all working toward the best possible outcomes  for each woman diagnosed and treated here,” says Roux, who has specialized in breast radiology for more than two decades.

The center opened equipped with the latest diagnostic tools and has continued to stay on the leading edge, thanks in part to generous support from the community. Among the notable milestones of the last decade:

  • The center was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, recognizing that it meets the highest level of safety, imaging quality, and technical ability.
  • A community campaign raised more than $2.5 million to help pay for digital equipment, improving diagnostic capabilities.
  • More than 1,000 free mammograms have been provided to women who couldn’t afford them through the Sherry Cockle Memorial Endowment Fund, established by the Ueberroth Family Foundation with matching funds from Monterey Peninsula Foundation.
  • The center joined a clinical trial to help determine the effectiveness of pairing a three-dimensional, full breast ultrasound examination with a routine mammogram in women with dense breast tissue, which can make diagnosis more difficult.
  • The center was renamed the Carol Hatton Breast Care Center, in honor of Hatton, a Community Hospital Development officer who led fundraising efforts. She died of cancer in 2009.
  • A fund was established in Hatton’s name to pay for advanced diagnostic screenings for women in need.

 “Through Carol Hatton’s work and our amazing donors,” Roux says, “we have the best tools available to diagnose early breast cancer and improve the lives of our patients.”

 For more information,  go to www.chomp.org or call 649-7233.

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ABOUT COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula at http://www.chomp.org/