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HAMC planning for 3D mammography purchase

June 15, 2018
Bonnie Remmick - Tribune Reporter , Pierce County Tribune

Heart of America Medical Center held a public meeting Monday night, June 11 to discuss the purchase of a new 3D Mammography machine for the hospitals center which would bring the facility up to the most current standard of care for mammograms.

HAMC employee Cathy Jelsing, foundation coordinator, presented a description of the project. Dustin Hager, PA-C, CMO discussed the need for the equipment which will soon be a required standard of care. Erik Christenson, Pharm-D, COO presented an overview of the feasibility of the project and Patrick Branco, CEO gave closing remarks and addressed questions.

Currently HAMC has a 2-D digital mammogram which has provided services to the community since 2012, Jelsing said. Since 2015, HAMC has performed 2449 mammograms and of those, 10 resulted in cancer diagnoses alone this last year. Mammogram numbers done at HAMC have slightly dropped in each of the past several years, and that could be due to referrals made to other sites for 3D mammography.

New health care standards will require 3D mammograms in the near future. Standard of care is currently 2D.

Jelsing said the hospital has applied for a grant and a loan. They have received guaranteed funds from several sources to help with the approximately $389,224.00 which is all inclusive of equipment, installation and updating of other equipment that exists at the center. The HAMC should be able to coordinate grants, obtain financing for a loan if needed, and have the new equipment available to the area by this fall. The grant funding, other contributions and financial details are available from Jelsing. She may be contacted at the HAMC at 701-776-5455 exten 2149.

 
 

 

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