Feedback: Could Watertown Be Home To Women's Health Center?
A plan is forming for a new service for breast health at Samaritan Medical Center.
"The board of trustees has put a strategic goal for a women's health center, maybe within two years," said Samaritan radiation oncologist Dr. Dan DeBlasio.
DeBlasio told 7 News This Morning that the hospital is considering building a stand-alone center that would focus on breast cancer.
A new breast cancer surgeon is already on board, he said, and the hospital plans to hire a plastic surgeon for breast reconstruction surgery.
The center would make it faster and easier for women to get care in the north country.
"If you're worried about a lump in the breast or you're having a mammogram, if there's something suspicious they can biopsy it right there and you can get your results in a day because there's nothing more anxiety-producing than waiting for weeks," DeBlasio said.
That's music to Lesley McKinney's ears. She's a breast cancer survivor who chose to go out of town for treatment two years ago.
If I could go just up the road five minutes and know that I've got really high-quality care and that I'm going to have a team to work with, I think that would be such a relief to me, such a relief to lots of women in the area," McKinney said.
Officials at Samaritan declined a request for an interview.
The hospital is looking at information collected from focus groups and expects to have more information to release late next month.
See Dr. DeBlasio's interview from Wednesday morning.
Friday, May 24, 2013, Watertown, NY
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