The Reality

Each year Parkland provides breast health services for 30,000, and diagnoses and treats 400 women with breast cancer, volumes that greatly exceed other hospitals.

Our patients are racially and ethnically diverse, are often younger and are diagnosed at later stages in their disease than national and regional norms. Most are uninsured or underinsured and rely on Parkland, Dallas’ only public health system, for care and treatment. Language barriers, child care issues and lack of transportation can also impact care for many patients.

From screening and diagnosis to surgery and recovery, patients must currently to access services at 10 separate locations and experience wait times up to four hours. This can be difficult and frustrating, and results in late appointment starts, missed appointments and cancelled procedures. As a leader in public health, research and patient advocacy, Parkland must make available the best quality care for all Dallas County residents.

Time from screening to diagnosis and treatment determines survival for cancer patients. The most effective and efficient solution is to bring existing services and expand capacity under one roof. Similar centers throughout the country have achieved high levels of clinical effectiveness, better outcomes, and high levels of patient, employee and physician satisfaction. It’s time for Parkland to join them.

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