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Mammography Center Opens in June

State of the Art Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center Features Digital Technology, Spa-Like Surrounding

This new facility features the latest technologies, including digital mammography, to ensure crystal clear, accurate images. The spacious Center features four mammography rooms, three ultrasound suites—one specially-equipped for ultrasound-guided biopsies—a dedicated room for computer-aided biopsies, and changing rooms with lockers.

The building was designed to reflect a calm, warm and inviting environment, intended to make patients feel as comfortable and stress-free as possible. In addition to the light-filled registration and waiting area, the spa-like interior features a lounge with the soothing sounds of soft music and water flowing from a fountain. Inside, or outside on the private patio, patients can relax prior to their appointment.

It is through the gracious generosity of Nancy Ausonio that this center has become a reality. "Nancy is a long-time member of our Board and a caring, generous member of our community," says Shirley Lavorato, President of the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation Board of Governors.

"Naming the mammography center in honor of Nancy Ausonio is a tribute that recognizes her thoughtful contribution, and decades of philanthropic, community and humanitarian work," says John Meyer, Senior Administrative Director, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation. "We appreciate her leadership, generosity and commitment to the Foundation, the hospital and communities throughout Monterey County."

The 9,425-square-foot facility is located at 240 San Jose Street, adjacent to the hospital campus. It features four digital mammogram units, three ultrasound machines including one that is dedicated for use in biopsies, an advanced stereotactic (computer-aided) biopsy table and a bone density scanner. A picture archiving and communications system (PACS) enables review of scans online.

"We offer excellent screening for early detection of breast cancer and help women who have cancer throughout their treatment and follow-up," says Amy Lantis Stemerman, MD, Medical Director of The Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center. The clinical team includes board-certified radiologists—Donald Catalano, MD, James Kowalski, MD, David Staunton, MD, Kristen Wulff, MD and Dr. Stemerman—a registered nurse, mammography technologists, ultrasound sonographers, receptionists and office staff.

"My focus is on ensuring quality patient care and patient satisfaction not only with diagnoses, but throughout treatment and ongoing care," says Ginny Williams, MSN, RN, Director of The Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center. "We want everyone who comes to the Center to feel supported and cared for."

"It's wonderful to see our Foundation dollars at work," says Shirley Lavorato. "The Nancy Ausonio Mammography Center will help save the lives of people throughout our region."

The Center will begin seeing patients in late June, 2010

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