FMH Implements New Mammography Initiatives
February 26, 2007
As part of Franklin Memorial Hospital’s commitment to the health of women in this area, hospital officials are piloting a new way to remind women about getting regular mammograms, and are offering a 50% discount on out-of-pocket mammography expenses for a 3-month period.
Now, any time a woman checks in to receive certain hospital services, the electronic medical record system will automatically alert registration staff if she hasn’t had a mammogram in the recommended period of time (two years for women 40-50 years old and one year for women over 50). Registration personnel who are participating in this pilot will then inform the woman that she is overdue for a mammogram and will ask her if she would like to schedule one at that time.
“Getting a regular mammogram is one of the most important things a woman can do for her health. We know that many women may find it easy to forget to schedule their next mammogram or avoid mammograms altogether,” said Emily Brostek, Special Assistant to the President. “This is a way that we can help remind women about the importance of getting regular mammograms and help them schedule one right away.”
And, to enable more women to receive this important service, Franklin Memorial Hospital is also offering a 50% reduction in out-of-pocket expenses for screening mammograms performed at their Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center now thru May 31. The Center offers flexible hours including Saturday and evening hours, and convenient locations in Farmington and at Franklin Memorial Hospital Outpatient Services in Livermore Falls.
“A mammogram is the best tool for catching breast cancer early, and early detection can be lifesaving and may allow for more treatment options. It’s also good to know that today’s technology makes screening mammograms more comfortable than in the past,” added Brostek. “We hope these two initiatives help streamline the process, and allow more women to access the breast care services they need.”
An appointment for a mammogram can be made by calling the Martha B. Webber Breast Care Center at 778-2405 or 1-800-398-6031, ext. 2405.
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