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Beaufort Memorial unveils new Women's Imaging Center

Ronda O'Connell, breast care coordinator, conducts a tour Thursday of Beaufort Memorial Hospital's new Women's Imaging Center. The state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to open Aug. 1.
Ronda O'Connell, breast care coordinator, conducts a tour Thursday of Beaufort Memorial Hospital's new Women's Imaging Center. The state-of-the-art facility is scheduled to open Aug. 1. Jonathan Dyer, The Beaufort Gazette

Mary Stutts' enthusiasm was palpable as she led groups of nurses, doctors and other staff members at Beaufort Memorial Hospital through a new center to help prevent and combat breast cancer, osteoporosis and other illnesses affecting women.

The hospital unveiled its $1.3 million Women's Imaging Center on Thursday to groups of doctors, nurses and other hospital staff. The 4,100-square-foot space on the first floor of the Beaufort Medical Plaza will offer mammograms, ultrasounds, breast biopsies and bone density scans when it opens to the public Aug. 1.

The center features soothing interior colors, soft lighting and four private dressing rooms to give patients more privacy and the most comfortable experience possible when they come in for routine checkups or tests, hospital officials say.

Most important, they say, it will feature an on-site radiologist who will review every mammogram moments after the screening, allowing patients to have their test results when they leave the office.

Stutts, the mammography supervisor, said she expects patients to be impressed by the center's look and streamlined services.

"They're going to love it," Stutts said. "The whole atmosphere has changed. The colors, everything was handpicked for comfort. The goal is for these ladies to come in for a mammogram, and if they find something wrong, instead of them going home and having to come back, they can have everything done that day. Our goal is to go from screening to diagnosis so these ladies don't have to worry."

The new center drew praise from the doctors, nurses and others at Thursday's tour and open house.

"It's a vast improvement," said Dr. Perry Burrus, a surgeon at the hospital. "The hospital took their time to do a really good job, and they tried to make this a much more comfortable experience for what can be a very stressful time in someone's life. I think it's going to make a big difference."

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