Posted in Make A Difference, January 10, 2012

After nine years filled with hopes and dreams, dozens of donors, dignitaries, contractors and employees celebrated Tuality’s new Breast Health Center at an open house Thursday evening in the center’s new home in the Seventh Avenue Medical Plaza building.

The guests were treated to soothing music, a slide show featuring timeline photos of the center’s construction, tasty hors d’oeuvres and refreshments plus guided tours of the new patient-friendly facility. As with any open house, there were a number of speeches and plaudits, led by Tuality Healthcare CEO Dick Stenson thanking donors, Tuality employees and community members for making the state-of-the art facility possible and the gold standard for breast health services in western Washington County.

Cece Clitheroe, director of the Tuality Healthcare Foundation, thanked the donors who contributed $900,000 of the center’s $2-million-plus price tag. She also welcomed a new foundation board chairman, Randy Bateman, who is replacing Dr. Michael Egans, the outgoing chairman who Clitheroe said led the charge on fundraising for the center.

Tuality Breast Health Services manager Amy Kaiser thanked her experienced staff for making a seamless transition to the new facility. She also had kind words for Sue Neal, who recently retired from her position as Tuality’s director of women’s services. Neal’s vision and perseverance made the facility possible, said Kaiser. She also pointed out that Tuality’s unique mobile mammography van received a makeover as part of the $2 million project. Like the center, it too was outfitted with state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment. It is the only van of its kind in Oregon and travels extensively in the Tuality market area.

The center opened for patients in early November. Since then, the staff has been adapting to new equipment and the new facility. The bottom line is the facility will provide a warm, inviting and comfortable environment for mammography exams and other breast health services for the women of western Washington County. For more information, contact Tuality Healthcare’s team of breast health professionals at 503-681-4035.

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