Alta Bates Summit Opens Women’s Health Center in Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, Calif., February, 2009 - In a tranquil and nurturing environment, state-of-the-art digital mammography and pelvic health physical therapy services are now available at the new Alta Bates Summit Women’s Health Center in Lafayette. Located in the Lafayette Mercantile Building at 3595 Mt. Diablo Blvd., the center is dedicated to women’s health, comfort, and convenience. The women-centered design is focused on helping patients feel relaxed during their screenings and treatment; and the center’s gracious staff specializes in women’s health.
According to Katarina Lannér-Cusin, M.D., Alta Bates Summit’s medical director of women’s services, “We opened the center to meet the demand for our services in Contra Costa County. Women are thrilled to get Alta Bates Summit quality care close to home. The center’s tranquil surroundings can also help patients feel less anxious about breast screenings or treatments for pelvic problems.”
Located in bustling downtown Lafayette, the center makes it easy for women to fit screenings and treatments into their busy schedules. The nearly 4,400-square-foot facility has plenty of parking and is conveniently located near shopping and restaurants. With its quiet third-floor setting, large windows, a wealth of natural light, earth tones, and soothing ambience, it’s an environment that’s been designed for women’s healing and comfort.
Katie Rose, R.N., administrative director of women and infants services, notes that the secret is “in the details,” such as the comfortable reception lounge, where patients can relax while nature scenes flow tranquilly across a 52-inch flat-screen TV. Artwork, she adds, including original paintings by Napa artist Jessel Miller, colorfully depict the six stages of a woman’s life.
Mammography screenings use state-of-the-art digital imaging. This advanced technology allows radiologists to spot even the smallest abnormalities with computer-aided detection, and emit half the radiation of traditional analog mammography. Dedicated mammography radiologists view the mammograms and patients are then contacted with results.
In addition to mammography, the new women’s center offers pelvic health services, which can help many women after childbirth and later in life. Physical therapy services — provided in a warm, sensitive environment — address pelvic health concerns such as pain and urinary continence.
In the future, the Women’s Health Center will add more screening services to make it a comprehensive center for a variety of women’s health services.
The center is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with expanded hours to begin in the coming months. For appointments and further information, call (925) 962-9129.
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