Parkland opens new breast imaging center
Clinic now double in size
|DALLAS - Parkland Health & Hospital System will open a new 7,500-square-foot, stand-alone Comprehensive Breast Center. The new center will mark Parkland's conversion to all digital mammography.
Parkland will celebrate the opening of the facility with a ribbon cutting and open house at 11 a.m. Monday, June 30. The ceremony will take place on site at 5701 Maple Ave., Suite 300 in Dallas. Tours of the facility will follow the ceremony.
The new center will benefit both patients and staff with improved patient access, decreased appointment scheduling wait times, allowing the switch to digital mammography and improved overall efficiency.
In fact, the current wait time for an appointment is about 21 days. The estimated wait time in the Comprehensive Breast Center will be only four days.
That's because previously, Parkland's Breast Imaging Department was spread across several locations on multiple floors throughout the hospital. Patients faced confusion in navigating the system, space constraints and parking issues. Meanwhile, staff was forced to migrate between areas and certain staff positions were duplicated because of the separate locations.
"Our areas in the main hospital did not serve anyone ideally, be it patients or staff," said Terry Napper, director of Radiology at Parkland, "but this new location will be a huge benefit to everyone logistically, financially and technologically. Most of all, we are pleased to be able to improve the level of care we provide to our patients."
The new center centralizes all breast imaging services in one stand-alone location with twice the space of their previous area. With a dedicated parking lot and location along multiple Dallas Area Rapid Transit routes, the facility improves access for current patients and allows for future patient growth.
This move is also accompanied by Breast Imaging's switch to digital mammography, meaning images will be viewed on monitors and computers rather than on film. Other Radiology areas had already converted to this technology, but the lack of necessary space to install and to operate the newer equipment made it impossible for Breast Imaging. Without the need to develop, transport and store films, the department can operate much more efficiently, saving an estimated $100,000 annually on film alone.
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