McCall, IDAHO - Until recently, McCall resident Rebecca Hurd traveled to Boise to receive health care, including her annual mammogram. Hurd switched to St. Luke’s McCall after becoming aware of the hospital’s new 3D and full-field digital mammography equipment.
Hurd isn’t alone in making this switch. After St. Luke’s McCall’s upgrade to 3D mammography last year, 206 other women chose to have their mammogram exams at St. Luke’s McCall, a 26 percent increase in screening and diagnostic mammography exams compared with 2012. Screening mammograms alone have increased by 35 percent.
“This was the first time I have used the hospital for preventative services,” said Hurd. “It’s convenient, but what struck me was how I felt throughout my visit. I felt community in its truest sense.”
St. Luke’s McCall has offered breast care services since 1988. The service includes education, clinical exam, and 3D mammography screening.
“It was evident that everyone involved in each step of the process, from registration, to being greeted by volunteer Marlene Bailey, my exam with Brooke Duncan, RN, and the mammogram by technologist Debbie Billingsley, cared about me as a person.”
Breast care clinic volunteers are a part of the hospital team that aids in enriching care provided to patients and families. Support is provided by the Auxiliary and Foundation to remove barriers to receiving care by offering financial assistance.
“Idaho ranks last among all states in cancer screening mammogram rates,” said Bill Colpo, medical imaging manager. “We are a designated Women’s Health Check facility. In addition, we have a Breast Imaging Fund and support from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help pay for screening and any necessary diagnostic exams.”
St. Luke’s McCall’s Breast Imaging Fund is supported by the hospital Auxiliary and Foundation, Pink at the Rink proceeds, and individual donations. The hospital’s Foundation and Auxiliary raised more than $580,000 for the equipment.
“Having the latest technology is important to patients, and it’s important to St. Luke’s McCall to be able to offer the services our community wants,” said St. Luke's McCall CEO Mike Fenello. “The community’s commitment to breast cancer screening and early cancer detection made it possible for us to upgrade the mammography equipment. We would not have been able to without their support.”
St. Luke’s McCall’s Breast Care Clinic provides women timely access to screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, biopsy, and pre-operative breast localization.
Patient Nurse Navigator Brooke Duncan, RN, provides education, emotional counseling, and assistance in navigating the sometimes complicated health care system, empowering patients to participate in their healthcare decisions and treatments.
All St. Luke’s breast imaging sites offer advanced technology for breast cancer detection, with Boise and McCall providing 3D mammography. Boise introduced 3D mammography at its Boise Medical Center breast cancer detection center this month. It is primarily being used for diagnostic mammography with limited use for screening mammography. St. Luke’s is working to upgrade all full-field digital mammography equipment to 3D in the next five years.
“Staying healthy is important to me and my husband,” said Hurd, “but if something does happen, it’s comforting to know we’ll receive compassionate and comprehensive care from fellow community members.”
To learn more about St. Luke’s McCall’s breast care services, please call 208-630-2260 or visit us online.