MERRILLVILLE | Methodist Hospitals on Tuesday unveiled its latest facility expansion, a breast care center designed with a spa-like feel that offers modern technology.
The Northwest Indiana Breast Care Center at Methodist Hospitals opened to patients two weeks ago, one floor above its previous location.
The center, which sits on the second floor of Pavilion A at Methodist Hospitals Southlake campus, 101 E. 87th Ave., includes mammography and ultrasound suites, education conference room, rooms for radiology reading and interviews and a mammography biopsy room with an elevated table.
On display in the education conference room during Tuesday's grand opening were soft molds shaped like breasts, containing various types of nodules and lumps. They help women understand what to feel and look for during a self exam.
With so many services in one setting, the goal is to ensure people do not need to go elsewhere to seek care, Methodist Hospitals President and CEO Ian McFadden said.
Dr. Anastasia Siatras, a breast radiologist, said the center offers everything a larger specialized center offers, just on a smaller scale. The goal is to provide a state-of-the art facility, with everything under one roof in the community, she said.
Breast cancer is being caught in earlier stages. Between 70 and 80 percent of patients are diagnosed at an early stage of the disease, said Dr. B.H. Barai, Medical Director of Methodist Hospitals Oncology Institute.
While the center boasts technological advances, such as 3D mammography equipment, much of the patient feedback relates to its atmosphere.
Rita Rendina, a mammography technologist, said one patient told her, "I feel like I'm in a hotel."
The center features an inner women-only waiting room, private dressing suite with nearby keyless lockers, hospital gown warmer, flat screen television and a snack corner.
Kim Asher, a mammography technologist, said women appreciate the enhanced privacy in the new center.
Warm, muted colors throughout the center maintain that spa-like feel. The goal was to create a comfortable space where women want to go, said Andrew Lane, architect with BSA LifeStructures.