Oct 15, 2009 -
Millions of American women dread getting their annual mammogram. If you ask why, most women will cite that it's uncomfortable or downright painful. Or it's simply too inconvenient, and they don't have the time between work and family obligations. But that's only the half of it. The scary part is the question that keeps playing over and over again in our mind, "What if the radiologist sees something in the image that is questionable? Oh my!"
If there was a single number to call that would gain you access to seamless, integrated breast health care, from initial breast imaging to diagnosis and beyond, would you make that call? Well, start dialing.
The Breast Care Collaborative at Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) offers women comprehensive breast care, beginning with a call to 860.533.4696. The Breast Care Collaborative suite (Suite 100) is located at the ECHN Medical Building at Evergreen Walk, 2800 Tamarack Avenue, South Windsor, which also houses the Women's Center for Wellness and Evergreen Imaging, where diagnostic mammograms, ultrasound, and MRI services are also available. However, as part of a health network, you can conveniently get your mammogram at Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital, Glastonbury Wellness Center, and Tolland Imaging Center - without having to directly contact these facilities. The one number will get you an appointment at an affiliate of your choice.
ECHN's team of specialists, with particular expertise in the treatment of breast disease, includes breast and general surgeons, radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, reconstructive surgeons, oncology social workers, and physical therapists. Keep in mind you have access to an entire health network.
There's more. ECHN breast care coordinator Kathy Porter, R.N., B.S., is eager to provide you with education on breast health, information on services available throughout ECHN, and assistance in coordinating medical care and treatment, as well as one-on-one emotional support throughout the process in partnership with your doctor or health care team.
ECHN has the latest technologies (accredited digital mammography services, computer-aided detection, ultrasound, MRI, CT and PET scanners), a team of well-qualified health care professionals, and offerings of alternative therapies, including acupuncture, massage therapy, lymph drainage therapy, and reflexology.
The hardest thing for you to do is to make the call to 860.533.4696, and we'll give you the care you need.