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St. Clair Hospital's Breast Care Center strives for privacy, comfort

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, 9:01 p.m.
 

St. Clair Hospital will dedicate a new “spa-like” $2.5 million Breast Care Center in Bethel Park this month to ease the stress of getting a mammogram and the worries about cancer, chemotherapy and radiation that can follow.

Slated for an Oct. 23 opening, the center at St. Clair's Village Square outpatient center near the intersection of Oxford Drive and Fort Couch Road is aimed at maximizing patients' privacy and comfort.

A testing-area waiting room is separate from the public waiting area, and private dressing rooms are attached directly to the mammography suites.

Muted colors, gentle lighting and a yet-to-be determined water feature will create a calm atmosphere.

Consultation rooms with soundproofed doors help keep conversations between patients and their doctors private.

Separate rooms can be used for patients whose conditions require more extensive testing, such as sonograms or biopsies.

“Many people feel anxious, and when a patient has concerns, it's an area where conversation can be carried out in a relaxed setting,” said Dr. Sherri Chafin, vice-chair of medical imaging and director of breast imaging at St. Clair. She worked with Downtown-based architects IKM Inc. to design a place for the “ideal” appointment.

“We really tried to make it as serene a setting as possible,” she said.

A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for Oct. 23, and the public can tour the center during an open house from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24, said hospital spokesman Robert Crytzer.

Patients can set up an appointment at the center by calling 412-942-3177.

Matthew Santoni is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5625 or msantoni@tribweb.com.

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