Yampa Valley Medical Center launching new breast health center
March 24, 2014
Gloria Gossard Breast Health Center at a glance
Led by: Dr. Terese Kaske
Will feature: A more relaxed atmosphere to receive mammograms and breast exams
Will offer: Bone density scans, screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, breast MRI. Imaging results will be offered on the same day.
Will open: April
Steamboat Springs — There’s a number in this county’s latest assessment of health needs that greatly troubles staff members at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
As of 2013, more than a third of women over 40 had not been screened for breast cancer in the past two years.
Routt County’s screening rate of 65 percent is below the state average of 67 percent and well below the number in Moffat County, where 77 percent of women had been screened.
To try and turn this number around and for many other reasons, Yampa Valley Medical Center is about to launch a new breast health center to make it easier and more convenient for women to get screened and receive care.
"We wait too long here," Dr. Terese Kaske, the new director of the breast health center, said last week at the hospital. "We want to have all these women screened. We hope having this is going to increase awareness and increase the number of women who choose to get screened."
She said the hope always is to find nothing, but screenings can help find cancer earlier and lead to far better outlooks for patients.
The new breast health center will feature a more comfortable, spa-like atmosphere for patients and also comes with new technology such as better breast MRI capabilities, a Giotto Stereotactic mammography machine and a vacuum-assisted biopsy machine.
Hospital officials said the new technology will allow more patients to get the care they need here in the Yampa Valley instead of driving to the Front Range.
The center also will have a breast health navigation program in which patients will be guided through all aspects of care.
"I think everyone sees this as a way to provide more services," Kaske said about the new center. "I want to grow this program because I’m dedicated to this community."
Kaske herself already had seen a number of Steamboat women when she was practicing in Denver.
Kaske brings to YVMC more than 22 years of experience in breast health and radiology.
She joined the hospital staff in February and has been working with the team of surgeons, doctors, pathologists and oncologists that together provide cancer care.
The new breast health center will open in April in Suite 202 of the medical office building adjacent to the hospital.
The long-term plan is to establish it in part of what previously was the Doak Walker Care Center.
The breast health center was made possible by a donation from late Steamboat philanthropist Gloria Gossard, and the clinic will bear her name.