Posted In Peninsula Regional News on June 09, 2015
Peninsula Regional Medical Center on Monday announced plans to open a coordinated and comprehensive breast center, blending the expertise of our region's leading breast care teams. The center will be a relocation of services from the Breast Center at Peninsula Regional Medical Center and the Peninsula Health Group's Salisbury Diagnostic and Breast Center located in the H. Gray Reeves Professional Center. The breast center, which has yet to be officially named, will be located within the building that currently houses the Chesapeake Surgery Center on Snow Hill Road in Salisbury, Maryland. The center will complement existing diagnostic breast screening services that will continue to be provided in the Woodbrooke Medical Complex by Peninsula Imaging, LLC. It's anticipated that renovations to the building to transform the space will begin within a week and take approximately 90 days to complete. During those three months, both the Breast Center at PRMC and the Salisbury Diagnostic and Breast Center will continue to accept appointments and serve women independently at their existing locations without any interruption in the quality or the timeliness of services provided by each. Once renovations are completed, the two breast centers will close their current locations and combine into one at the center on Snow Hill Road. "As part of our strategic plan and after hearing the wishes of women in our community, we discovered that there was a desire to bring both breast cancer screening and breast cancer therapy into one consolidated program," said Thomas DeMarco, MD, Medical Director of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at PRMC. "By doing this, we're able to provide women with a comprehensive program in one single location." The breast center will be supported by a new multi-disciplinary team of breast care professionals including physicians, surgeons, radiologists and breast technicians currently working at both PRMC's Breast Center and the Salisbury Diagnostic and Breast Center. Services will include, but will not be limited to, physician consultation, diagnostic mammography and breast biopsy. Surgical procedures, if required in a woman's continuum of care, will be managed by a team of experts. "This guarantees women in our region that they will continue to have the added benefit of multiple cancer specialists working together to carefully plan and closely follow their care throughout their entire course of treatment," added Dr. DeMarco. Peninsula Regional will share additional details about the project once renovations have been completed and the transition to the building occurs.