The Peninsula Regional Health System officially dedicated its new Peninsula Breast Center in Salisbury on Wednesday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local physicians, clinicians and community members.
The Peninsula Breast Center will provide women the most comprehensive breast health services on Delmarva with care plans individualized for each woman. The staff believes in a team approach, and will offer 3D mammography, biopsies, physician consultations and surgical services all in a single location.
“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 Dr. Thomas DeMarco, Medical Director of the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute at PRMC. “By doing this, we’re able to provide women with a comprehensive program under the same roof.”
The breast center will be supported by a multi-disciplinary team of breast care professionals including physicians, surgeons, radiologists and breast technicians.
In her remarks, Dr. Peggy Naleppa, President/CEO of the Peninsula Regional Health System, reminded everyone that 1 out of every 8 women, on average, will face a breast cancer diagnosis, which is why it’s important to stay vigilant.
“Be it a yearly, routine mammogram or more, this team is partnered with you and managing your entire course of treatment,” she added.
Of all the new cancers diagnosed at PRMC’s Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute annually, 14 percent are breast cancers. In 2015, 188 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed and treated.
The establishment of a “one stop” breast care center guarantees women on the Delmarva Peninsula will have the added benefit of multiple specialists working together to carefully plan and closely follow their care throughout the diagnostic screening process or across the continuum of a woman’s course of treatment.
While final renovations are being made to the site, Peninsula Regional will continue to offer comprehensive breast services at the current location of the Peninsula Breast Center within the Richard A. Henson Cancer Institute on the PRMC campus at 100 East Carroll Street.
All services are expected to be fully transitioned to the new Peninsula Breast Center at 804 Snow Hill Road by fall of this year.