At Heritage Valley, we want to make sure that every woman has access to the services she needs and the support she deserves. BreastCare is our comprehensive, integrated breast health care program. The primary full-service locations for the program are the Heritage Valley Women’s Health Centers, dedicated to the special health care needs of women, located in Center Township and Robinson Township. We are proud to note that Heritage Valley Women’s Health Centers are designated as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The Heritage Valley BreastCare program offers a range of services, from screening and diagnostic breast imaging to treatments for breast cancer. All these services are available within the Heritage Valley Health System network. Care is delivered by committed, high-quality physicians, so regardless of your situation and treatment plan, you don’t have to travel far for service. Our BreastCare Navigator is specially trained to work with patients to compassionately coordinate all services.
Heritage Valley BreastCare provides full field digital mammography for screening and includes Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (also known as 3D mammograms). Depending on findings from your breast imaging study, other types of imaging tests may be needed. The BreastCare program has the capacity for further testing, including:
- Diagnostic mammography views as needed
- Traditional hand-held breast ultrasound
- 3-Dimensional full volume breast ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Computer Aided Detection (CAD), including new ICAD ProFound Artificial Intelligence
Screening mammograms have proven to be the most effective tool for the early detection of breast cancer, and are recommended for women 40 years of age and older and those younger women who may be at special risk for developing breast cancer. Heritage Valley provides full-field digital mammography for both screening and diagnostic mammograms.
All of our mammography locations offer Self-Requesting Mammograms, which means that a patient may schedule herself for a screening mammogram without a written order from a physician.
On Mondays in the Robinson Township and Ellwood City Medical Neighborhoods, women may walk in and request a screening mammogram. No appointment needed! Simply bring your prescription from your physician.
In addition to the Women’s Health Center locations in Center and Robinson Townships, both screening and diagnostic mammography and breast ultrasound services are offered at the following location:
- Heritage Valley Edgeworth Medical Neighborhood
Additional screening sites, located in our Medical Neighborhoods, include:
- Heritage Valley Calcutta
- Heritage Valley Center
- Heritage Valley Chippewa
- Heritage Valley Ellwood City
When a mammogram or test uncovers an issue it can be a difficult time, filled with anxiety. Heritage Valley’s BreastCare Navigator is specially trained to work with patients in this situation to efficiently and compassionately coordinate follow-up care, timely diagnosis and treatment.
Heritage Valley’s BreastCare program provides a simple, diagnostic pathway led by the BreastCare Navigator to follow the patient from screening imaging through minimally invasive biopsy techniques and ultimately, if needed, coordinated follow-up care. Follow-up treatments are available within the Heritage Valley Health System and include surgical consultation, medical and surgical oncology consultation and treatment, referrals to support programs and other services determined to be appropriate.
Every step of the way, the BreastCare Navigator will be in close contact with the patient to explain treatment options and schedule the next appointment. The goal is to help alleviate much of the stress associated with this experience.
Center of Excellence
Heritage Valley Women’s Health Centers are designated as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The Heritage Valley BreastCare program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of dedicated breast care professionals, each with a unique role, including:
Radiologist: Committed physicians who are specially trained and experienced in the interpretation and reporting of breast images. Our Radiologists have great expertise in performing breast biopsies and other breast procedures.
Specialists: Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Medical Oncologists, Pathologists, Psychologists and others who provide state-of-the-art care for women with various breast abnormalities.
Patient Advocate: Ensures appropriate and timely follow-up of every breast imaging exam to meet regulatory compliance standards. This includes scheduling follow-up breast imaging exams and notification to referring physicians.
BreastCare Navigator: Works in collaboration with all BreastCare team members and referral sources to efficiently coordinate follow-up care. The Navigator will communicate results and ensure timely diagnosis and treatment of Heritage Valley BreastCare patients.
Mammography Specialist: Performs consistently high quality screening and diagnostic mammograms with compassion and sensitivity at all Heritage Valley BreastCare locations. Additionally, collaborates with the Radiologist, BreastCare Navigator, Patient Advocate and patients in a professional and courteous manner at all times.
Ultrasonographer: Performs high quality ultrasound exams and assists the Radiologist in performing ultrasound-guided procedures. Exams are performed utilizing a high level of skill, competency and independent judgment. The Technologist produces and evaluates images and relays supporting clinical data to be used by the interpreting physician to render a diagnosis.
You can schedule your screening mammogram online using Heritage Valley’s My Care Link. Simply download the Heritage Valley Health System app (iHVHS/aHVHS); create a My Care Link account; click on the Mammography Exam icon and follow the prompts to schedule an appointment at one of our screening locations. To schedule online, please click here to access or create your My Care Link account.
To schedule diagnostic mammograms and other Breast Imaging Services at any of our locations, please call 1-866-901-MAMO (6266).
For more information, please call the Heritage Valley Women’s Health Center at 724-773-4720.