When the diagnosis is breast cancer, the Women’s Imaging Center becomes our patients’ link to the extensive resources of the healthcare system to ensure they receive the highest standards of care.
A weekly Breast Conference led by Radiologist Lisa Loring, MD, medical director of the Women’s Imaging Center, brings together a multidisciplinary team of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, pathologists and other caregivers who represent all areas of the hospital. At the conference, each case is thoroughly reviewed and a plan of care is determined with input from many of the most talented physicians on our staff.
Kathy Hart, RN, Breast Health Educator and Specialist at the Women’s Imaging Center, serves as the guide through a formalized Patient Navigation Program that begins when a patient is diagnosed with cancer and continues through all phases of care and follow-up. Her role is tailored to the individual needs of each patient and can include helping them connect with surgeons and oncologists, providing whatever information and support is needed from the patient and family, and even attending procedures at the patient’s request
This extraordinary level of commitment and support is an invaluable resource during a frightening time in the lives of our patients.
Since 1979, Berkshire Medical Center’s cancer program has received accreditation from the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer. In 2006, the hospital received its Outstanding Achievement Award following a strict onsite survey.