Cedars-Sinai Cancer Experts Visit Texas Health Dallas Breast Center
12/18/2009

DALLAS — Doctors and administrators from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles recently visited the women’s diagnostic and breast center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas to learn about best practices for patient flow, scheduling of diagnostic tests and overall operations.

Lynne Roy, director of imaging at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, was part of the team that toured the Texas Health Dallas women's imaging center.
Lynne Roy, director of imaging at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, was part of the team that toured the Texas Health Dallas women's imaging center.

“It’s an honor any time leaders from another hospital come here to tour our facility,” said Julia Taylor, director of the Peggy A. Bell Women’s Diagnostic and Breast Center at Texas Health Dallas. “But it’s really special when experts from a place like Cedars-Sinai visit. It lets us know we’re doing things the right way and that folks around the country want to learn from us.”

Cedars-Sinai, with more than 2,000 physicians and 10,000 employees, is annually ranked as one of the best cancer centers by U.S. News and World Report. The group that traveled to visit Texas Health Dallas included architects for Cedars-Sinai, the medical center’s mammography manager, the director of imaging and Dr. Donald Cohen, chief of mammography at the California hospital.

“The visit was a chance for both of us to learn,” Taylor said. “They learned about our processes, and we definitely picked their brains for things we can improve on.”

Each year the Texas Health Dallas women’s imaging center performs more than 40,000 screening and diagnostic tests, including more than 25,000 mammograms. The center is known throughout the region for how quickly patients are seen for diagnostic mammograms and, if needed, additional tests. The program consistently meets or exceeds most national benchmarks for speed and quality of service, according to a leading national cancer advisory board.

“The objective is to treat patients quickly but also do it accurately and without hassle,” said Dr. Katherine Hall, a radiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas and medical director of the breast center. “We also want to care for each person with compassion and privacy, as if they’re our only patient. To achieve all that takes time, planning and hard work.”

Texas Health Dallas boasts one of the country’s leading breast cancer programs. The hospital was one of the first in Texas to offer breast MRI and is one of only a handful of medical centers around the country to participate in a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a new diagnostic technology called breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography.

Other highlights of cancer treatments at Texas Health Dallas:

  • Reconstructive plastic surgeons on the hospital’s medical staff offer the advanced DIEP natural-tissue transplant that allows a woman to have her own tissue for breast reconstruction after mastectomy.
  • The hospital offers one of the country’s most thorough high-risk surveillance programs. The risk-assessment service is designed to spot women who are unknowingly at higher than average risk for breast cancer and catch the disease at the earlier possible moment.
  • Texas Health Dallas recently achieved the highest accreditation for oncology programs by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer.
  • The hospital offers the latest in genetic testing for many types of cancer, including breast cancer.

About The Peggy A. Bell Women’s Diagnostic and Breast Center
The Peggy A. Bell Women’s Diagnostic and Breast Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, named in honor of breast cancer survivor and long-time hospital supporter Peggy A. Bell, offers the latest medical technology for detecting breast cancer, including all-digital mammography, in a comfortable and warm environment. Under the direction of Dr. W. Lee Bourland, medical director of the Breast Care Program, the center provides a wide range of services from screening and diagnostic mammography to stereotactic breast biopsy and genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancers. The Bell Center was supported by an anonymous $1 million gift during the capital campaign to expand the renowned Margot Perot Center for Women and Infants.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/dallas.