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The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center Now Open at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

01/14/2016

NEWARK, NJ (January 14, 2016) – In response to the alarming rates of breast cancer diagnosed at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center has just opened during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The breast center is designed to transform breast care for the Newark-area community by improving the quality of care and providing a comfortable and convenient spa-like environment for women to obtain necessary and life-saving breast exams.

The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center will provide members of the community with a compassionate and nurturing environment and a seamless integration of breast screening, guidance and support throughout the course of care and treatment. The Breast Health Center’s collaborative, multidisciplinary team of board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians and all female staff of breast technologists will utilize state-of-the-art technology to screen and detect breast abnormalities at the earliest stages possible. Diagnostic services include: 3D mammography (tomosynthesis), digital mammography, breast MRI and breast ultrasound.

Breast cancer is the highest incidence of cancer treated at the Frederick B. Cohen, MD, Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Newark Beth Israel, representing 35 percent of cancer in women. Diagnosis is made at a rate twice as high as the national average with 12 of 1,000 screenings being positive.

"Our goal is to transform breast health care in the greater Newark community and make it easier for women to make their breast health a priority,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health. “The Breast Health Center will give women access to exceptional care.”

Newark Beth Israel has named the center in honor of The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey to acknowledge a $1.3 million grant from the Foundation that helped to create the center. The grant funds were used to both construct the center and purchase new equipment including a hologic viewing station, a third digital mammography unit and an ultrasound.

“Thanks to a very generous gift from The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, thousands of women from Newark and surrounding communities will have access to a brand new, state-of-the-art breast health facility,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer for Barnabas Health. “This center and the work that will be done here is integral to our role in championing the health of the women and men throughout this great community.”

The patient experience is further enhanced by the Breast Health Center’s breast health nurse navigator - a position initially supported by the Avon Foundation for Women. Serving as a patient’s primary point of contact when there is a suspicious finding, the nurse navigator is available to answer questions, provide information to assist in decision-making, coordinate care with breast health physicians and provide emotional support for the patient and her family. A genetic counselor is also available to provide hereditary risk assessments, education, counseling, advocacy and support. The Breast Health Center has a private office designed for the sensitive discussions among practitioners, patients and family.

The Breast Health Center is integrated with the wide range of breast health and women’s support services, from the early process of mammogram and biopsy, through the journey of follow-up care and treatment, if necessary.

“This Breast Health Center will be among the brightest stars in the constellation of excellent programs provided by The Beth and indeed by Barnabas Health,” said Marsha Atkind, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. “This center will welcome women and men to proactively nurture their good health, maintain vigilance to detect disease at an early stage and fight illness if and when it does occur.”

The HFNJ Breast Health Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is located on the third floor of the Lester Z. Lieberman Center for Ambulatory Care. For more information, call 973-926-7466.

Healthcare Foundation of NJ Breast Health Center Now Open at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center


Marsha Atkind, Executive Director/CEO of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Executive Vice President, Barnabas Health; Marc E. Berson, Chair, Board of Trustees, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey and Chair, Board of Trustees, Barnabas Health; Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, Barnabas Health and Beth Levithan, Ph.D., Board Chair of the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey at the recent ribbon cutting ceremony, officially opening the new Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 1,000 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is in the top three hospitals in the nation in the number of heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey. Children's Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. NBIMC/CHoNJ was one of five hospitals to receive the 2012 NOVA Award from the American Hospital Association. To learn more, please call 973-926-7000, visit us online at www.BarnabasHealth.org/NewarkBeth, on Facebook at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center or register for our free on line E-Newsletter.

Contact: Carrie Cristello
732-923-6552
ccristello@barnabashealth.org

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