The Ellen Hermanson Foundation is committed to state of the art breast cancer prevention and treatment that allows women on the East End to get world-class quality care. It comes at a cost.
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Last week Southampton Hospital celebrated the addition of two diagnostic services to the hospital's radiology site at the Hampton Bays Atrium. Women can now receive bone densitometry and mammography with tomosynthesis, thanks to funding from the Ellen Hermanson Foundation.
The Foundation donated $290,000 for the systems. It raises funds from a number of events including Ellen's Run, which will take place next month. This Saturday night one of its most important fundraisers takes place – Starry Night in Southampton Village. (There is a story about the gala elsewhere in this section and tickets are still available.)
These important services are already offered at the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Southampton Hospital, but adding them to the atrium increases access to these services for women living west of the Shinnecock Canal.
"The Ellen Hermanson Breast Center is a critical resource for women on the East End, enabling us to provide a comprehensive array of diagnostic services and treatment as well as invaluable support services for diagnosed patients and their families," said Robert Chaloner, President and CEO of Southampton Hospital.
The new facility is about "increased access," said Julie Ratner, the late Ellen Hermanson's sister and the driving force behind the Foundation.
"By moving further west we open the door to serving more of the community," she pointed out. She envisions 2500 mammograms per year being performed in Hampton Bays in addition to the 6500 done yearly at Southampton Hospital.
There are very few mammography systems with the capability if the tomosynthesis unit, which featured 3D capability and state of the art technology.
The Foundation through its Ellen's Well program goes well beyond detection services. Patients are supported throughout the course of their battles with breast cancer. Services include an oncological social worker to provide psychiatric bilingual support, nutrition counseling, transportation renewal and support programs and wellness programs like yoga and message therapy.
For appointments at the atrium, call 631-723-1232.