The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary has committed $100,000 over three years to help the hospital expand its Breast Care Center into a center of excellence.
The auxiliary donation provides momentum for the development of an integrated service that blends state-of-the-art technology with critical information and counsel that helps patients better understand their diagnosis and treatment options.
Jose Fulco, MD, a general surgeon at Northfield Hospital, said the expanded center will allow for more timely diagnoses and will streamline the decision-making process in a personalized, patient-centered setting.
“One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime,” he said. “What we are trying to avoid is the delayed diagnosis and the anxiety that goes with it.”
Jane Gelle, Co-President of the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary, said this project is a great fit for her organization.
“This is a service our members can embrace and promote,” she said. “Our hope is that our financial commitment will accelerate the development of this center and make these services more accessible and more convenient to the community.”
With the auxiliary’s commitment, the hospital will create dedicated space where patients’ privacy needs can be honored as they access information on best practices and referrals. It will also contribute to future technology needs and the collection of important educational material, referral information and treatment protocols.
Kathleen Meier, Division Administrator for Ancillary Services, said she is thrilled the auxiliary is adopting this project as a major focus of its fundraising over the next few years.
“This donation allows us to expand the services available through our Breast Care Center sooner than we thought possible,” she said. “Now we are quickly moving from simply having a vision to providing services we know will make a difference in the lives of patients.”