Walk into the Parkland Breast Center and you’ll see patients – a lot of patients. Only a handful of chairs are open in the small, crowded lobby. When patients are called back for their screening or treatment, they disrobe and don a hospital gown. Then they are shown to a waiting room where they are surrounded by other patients sitting in rows of chairs, as if in an auditorium.
In a cramped consultation room, a physician talks with a patient about her diagnosis stating, “You have breast cancer.” Reading her face and the silence in the room, she adds, “You have cancer. You are very sick and need treatment as soon as possible.”
Confusion. Fear. Lack of education. Language barriers. Lack of transportation. Child care issues. These are Parkland’s daily reality.
The compassionate team of caregivers at the breast center has addressed the increase in demand by placing a mobile unit in the parking lot to provide another space for screenings. And they are now offering appointments in the evening and on Saturdays. These initiatives have decreased wait times for a mammogram from six months to the next day and eliminated a wait list that included 2,000 names.
But the problem is still very real.
As more patients are screened, more patients have the potential to be diagnosed with cancer and need further treatment. Providing this care at eight different sites across the medical district increases the risk of late appointment starts, missed appointments and cancelled procedures that can put the patients' health at risk.
Our current facility was not meant to serve as many patients as we now need to serve. There’s a much greater need in the community than we are able to meet.
A new comprehensive breast center will increase access and help the people who depend on us for care.
Creating a new patient-centered, multidisciplinary center for breast health will bring together existing services and expand capacity under one roof. Similar centers throughout the U.S. have demonstrated high levels of clinical effectiveness, better outcomes and high levels of patient, employee and physician satisfaction.
In addition to more space and a central location for services, the new breast center will allow Parkland to:
The estimated capital cost for construction of a comprehensive breast center at Parkland is $25 million to $30 million. Your gift to help build the center will increase the health and survival rate of breast cancer patients in Dallas County.
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