St. Rita's serves the region with one hospital, two emergency departments, three Urgent Care locations and 3,400 employees committed to serving our community. With a long-standing tradition of investing in advanced technologies, St. Rita's is the regional leader for quality health care.
St. Rita's Women's Wellness Center offers 3-D mammography to provide exceptional imaging of the breast. The Foundation is helping the Center add additional 3-D mammography units to provide life-saving technology to more women.
St. Rita's Women's Wellness Center opened at its current location on October 1, 1999. Each year at the center and our satellite locations, approximately 15,000 mammograms are completed, 125 breast cancers are diagnosed and nearly 700 breast core biopsies are performed. St. Rita's Women's Wellness Center is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and is the only breast center in the region accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancers.
St. Rita's Women's Wellness Center purchased the region's first 3-D mammography unit in April. Two additional units are needed to best serve our community.
· 3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, uses digital technology to provide three-dimensional imaging of the breast.
· Similar to a CT scan, it produces images in one millimeter slices, instead of a normal two-dimensional digital mammogram.
· This technique helps alleviate the problems of overlapping tissue in a two-dimensional image and increases the detection of breast cancer.
· It's especially helpful in women with very dense breast tissue, which hides or mimics breast cancer.
· It reduces the chances of false-positives and decreases the number of call-back exams for more testing.
· 3-D mammography will soon become the standard of care, as 2-D digital mammography did about a decade ago.
· 3-D requires dedicated equipment and specific training for radiologists and technologists.
· Reimbursement for 3-D mammography took effect January 1, 2015.
· The goal in 2015 is to replace the two oldest 2-D digital units that are at end of life.
· Over the next two years, the goal is to replace the 2-D digital units at each of our three satellite locations (Delphos, Putnam County and Auglaize County).
· This is an important service for St. Rita's to offer its patients.
In addition, St. Rita's Women's Wellness Center will replace one bone densitometry unit that is 12 years old, renovate its women's library, enlarge the current waiting area and update additional areas of the center as needed.
A focus of our current fundraising efforts, hybrid operating rooms deliver greater quality of care and better patient outcomes by providing the technology and equipment to perform minimally invasive, catheter-based procedures and open surgeries in the same space, using the same team of physicians and clinicians.
These interdisciplinary, multifunctional rooms bring the technology to the patient, rather than wheeling the patient to the technology. Typically, interventional procedures are done in one room, medical imaging in another, and surgeries in a traditional operating room (OR). It takes valuable time to transfer patients to operating rooms or assemble surgical support teams, which can mean life or death for a critically ill patient.
Using the hybrid operating room's advanced technology, our team of heart, vascular and neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists and interventional cardiologists can work together as highly efficient medical units. In addition to cardiovascular surgery, the hybrid OR can be used for neurosurgery, orthopedics, urology, trauma surgery, general surgery and cardiology.
The 3-D imaging technology provides high-resolution images of the heart and vascular system in real time, allowing surgeons to open blocked arteries, repair or replace damaged valves, or remove stroke-causing blood clots through catheter-based, rather than open, procedures. Should an open surgery be needed, the room can quickly be converted without relocating the patient or referring the case to a new surgical team.
The hybrid operating room will result in:
· new minimally invasive procedures
· fewer surgical complications
· shorter hospital stays
· improved patient outcomes
· capability to treat patients with complex medical conditions
· endovascular stenting
· aneurysm repair
· open heart
· minimally invasive valves
· stroke management
· brain surgery
· spine surgery - instrumentation
· fracture management
· spine surgery
· scoliosis repair
· back-up catheterization lab
· heart defect surgery
· level I cath - stenting
· heart assist intervention
Some of our past campaign projects include funding for:
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