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Harris Methodist Erath County to Offer Digital Mammogram Special
10/15/2008

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital soon will offer a screening mammography special on its new digital mammography unit.

From Oct. 27 to Oct. 31, Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital will require the $75 payment at the time of service and no insurance claims will be filed. The special will enable women without insurance, or with high deductible plans, to schedule their annual mammogram without worrying about the full cost of the test.

Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital has been offering its digital mammography service since September. Digital images make it easier to penetrate dense breast tissue and to create contrasts to better read the images. Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital employs the only registered mammography and breast sonography technologist in Stephenville.

“Every woman regardless of her insurance coverage should have access to screening mammograms, which are crucial to detecting breast cancer at its most easily treatable stage,” said Cheryl Hatton, director of radiology services. “We are proud to offer a special rate during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”

The National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the American College of Radiology recommend women age 40 and older have annual mammograms. Women with dense breasts or under 50 years old are specifically encouraged to get a digital mammogram, according to breastcancer.org.

A physician’s order is necessary to schedule a mammogram. Often, the hospital can schedule mammography appointments within 48 hours. For an appointment, please call 254-965-1236.

About Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital
Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital, soon to be Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville, is a 98-bed acute care, full-service facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital's services include inpatient and outpatient surgery, women and infant care, advanced diagnostic imaging, inpatient and outpatient physical therapy and wound care. Harris Methodist Erath County Hospital has been recognized as a Nurse-Friendly Hospital and a Level IV Trauma Center. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmec.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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