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Breast care center coming to Excela Square

| Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, 8:59 p.m.

Excela Square at Norwin plans to continue its expansion by offering a comprehensive breast-care center after receiving a $17,000 donation from the Smail Auto Group.

The breast care facility will be part of Excela Square's 2,000-square-foot Women's Center, which is adjacent to the facility's imaging center in the Norwin Hills Shopping Center in North Huntingdon, according to Jennifer Miele, vice president of marketing and communications for Excela Health.

Greensburg-based Smail Auto Group raised the money through its “Smail Auto Group Cares” campaign in October, according to marketing director Rebecca Septak.

During the campaign, the dealership displayed pink ribbons in each of its buildings in observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It also donated $100 for every vehicle sold throughout October, Septak said.

The group raised a total of $47,000, Septak said.

The dealership gave $7,000 to Westmoreland Walks for its annual breast cancer walk in October, $23,000 to the Magee-Womens Research Institute Foundation and the $17,000 contribution to Excela Health.

“Smail Auto Group not only made a visual statement but stood behind their message,” Miele said.

“Their contribution is vital to the creation of the Women's Center at Excela Square.”

The breast-care center is being designed to provide quick care for patients, Miele said.

Patients at Excela Square also have access to a radiologist who can immediately perform biopsies, digital mammography services, an on-site breast surgeon to discuss and perform treatments, and a reconstructive surgeon, she added.

“The last thing any woman who discovers a lump wants to do is wait days for the first appointment, days between testing, and days for follow-up,” Miele said. “Patients at the Women's Center at Excela Square will have a point person to navigate and expedite their care all under one roof.”

Miele said Excela officials plan to collaborate with several physicians to staff the breast care center, and have it open and ready for patients in 2013.

Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8626, or bpedersen@tribweb.com.

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