By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Marlborough – For many women, a mammogram is not just physically uncomfortable – it can also be emotionally stressful. But for women in the Marlborough area there will soon be a facility, located on the UMass Memorial- Marlborough campus that will offer not only state-of-the art services, but also compassionate support for every step of a woman’s breast care.
On Feb. 4, the hospital’s senior leadership team outlined the details of the new Women’s Imaging Center which will be relocated from its current address in Southborough. The new facility will be a 4,000 square foot, single story building located right next to the main hospital building on Union Street, with its own dedicated parking lot.
Steve Roach, the hospital’s president and CEO, noted that moving the center to the main campus would be beneficial to patients who might need to follow up with services at the hospital, such as radiation, chemotherapy and doctor visits. At the same time, the new center would offer those patients “privacy and comfort,” he said.
Ellen Carlucci added that as the hospital has done for other services, such as its Cancer Center, administrators would use “evidence-based research” from the Healing Environment Council to ensure the new facility promoted a calm and positive environment.
Things such as landscaping, art, and even the interior color palette would reinforce that [the new center] “will be a place where we say to our community ‘We will take very good care of you,” she added.
Noting the growth of businesses in Marlborough in past years, Carlucci said the new center would offer convenience for those who worked in the city, as well as residents and those who live and work in nearby communities.
The current center in Southborough sees over 10,000 patients a year for mammograms and approximately 3,000-4,000 for ultrasounds. It is accredited by the American College of Radiology and has also been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the Commission on Quality and Safety and the Commission on Breast Imaging of the American College of Radiology.
Services to be offered at the new center will include: 3D mammography; automated breast ultrasound system, breast ultrasound; bone density testing; stereotactic breast biopsy; and ultrasound guided breast biopsy.
The new center is slated to be completed by the fall of 2020. When open it will offer convenient hours for mammography including early mornings, evenings and Saturdays. For more information call 508-597-2255.