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Cedars-Sinai Cancer Experts Visit Texas Health Dallas Breast Center|
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.
“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.
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