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May 8, 2007 > Washington Women's Center and Outpatient Imaging Center Offer High Quality Services and Programs

Washington Women's Center and Outpatient Imaging Center Offer High Quality Services and Programs

On April 18, 2007, Washington Hospital Healthcare System celebrated the grand opening of the new Washington Women's Center and Outpatient Imaging Center. Located across the street from the main hospital inside Washington West, both centers offer a wide range of high quality diagnostic services and wellness programs all in one convenient location, providing community residents centralized access to top-notch medical care in a comfortable environment.

Washington Hospital CEO Nancy Farber made several introductions during her opening remarks and thanked several Hospital staff members, whose hard work and dedication she said played an instrumental role in helping to make the new facility a reality. She also expressed her thanks to the board members of the Washington Township Health Care District and the designers and architects that were involved with the project.

Dr. William Dugoni, medical director of the Washington Women's Center, took a few moments during the ceremony to emphasize the wide array of advanced screening and diagnostic services, which include, digital mammography, diagnostic ultrasound, minimally invasive breast biopsy and bone density scanning that center offers.

"We are all incredibly proud of the work and continued development that went into creating the Washington Women's Center," said Dr. Dugoni. "We believe this center will provide the women of the Tri-City community with an opportunity to coordinate all of their related treatment within a single system. That's going to make us incredibly unique and I am very excited about it."

Care Specially Designed with a Women's Health in Mind

From conducting health maintenance lectures on nutrition to offering state-of-the-art diagnostic exams, each program and service offered at the Washington Women's Center is geared toward empowering women of all ages by giving them the information and tools they need to live healthier lives. As a result, one of the center's integral focuses is health education, according to Kathy Hesser, R.N., the center's coordinator.

"Women appreciate the centralized care because women are busy and they are taking care of other people in addition to themselves," she says. "But if you can come and get your mammogram, do your bone density and get your blood work done and take a class or do research, you're going to get it all done a lot quicker than having to travel to different areas. The goal is to get more education, care and diagnostics in one comprehensive visit."

Personalized Care in an Outpatient Setting

By integrating leading-edge medical technology with a space designed specifically for the growing needs of the community, the new Outpatient Imaging Center offers both high quality diagnostic programs and outstanding service and convenience.

During the grand opening remarks, Dr. Douglas Gallacher, radiologist and medical director of the Medical Imaging Department at Washington Hospital took time to highlight how some of the new outpatient imaging tools such as the 64-slice computed tomography (CT) scanner will allow physicians to view such things as blockages in the coronary arteries, as well as the motion and pumping action of a patient's heart.

"The 64-slice scanner is so fast, it can scan a six foot tall person from head to toe in 18 seconds in unprecedented detail," said Dr. Gallacher. "This type of state-of-the-art technology will redefine the nature of outpatient imaging in this community for many years to come."

In addition to advances in imaging technology, the transition from traditional film-based radiology to digital images through the Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) streamlines communication and greatly enhances the service provided at the Outpatient Imaging Center.

Additionally, necessary diagnostic imaging services for patients at the Women's Center can easily be coordinated with the Outpatient Imaging Center, which is only steps away. Primary benefits of the outpatient environment include extended hours of service Monday through Saturday and efficient scheduling that helps reduce appointment delays.

The opening of the Washington Women's Center and Outpatient Imaging Center will not only enhance and expand Washington Hospital's ability to provide outstanding outpatient care to the residents of Washington Township Health Care District, but will also improve the space and flow of the current hospital imaging department for inpatient and emergency room patients and provide additional space for growth of the hospital's cardiac, stroke and neuroscience centers in the future.

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Washington Women's Center Tour
Take a free guided tour and learn about the comprehensive women's services and resources available to you at the Washington Women's Center. A short interactive class on healthy living tips especially for women will follow. No registration required.
When: Monday, May 14
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Washington Women's Center, 2500 Mowry Avenue, (Washington West building), First floor - Suite 145
To learn more about the programs and services at the new Washington Women's Center, call toll-free (866) 608-1301 or (510) 608-1301.
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