Brooklyn, NY - August 27, 2008 - New York Methodist Hospital recently introduced its newly constructed Advanced Women's Imaging and Prenatal Testing Center at a ribbon cutting ceremony that was held b at the Center. Special guests, including Crystle Stewart, Miss USA 2008, and Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, came to celebrate the opening of this state-of-the-art facility that is designed to comprehensively address the diagnostic medical needs of women in the Brooklyn community.
Guests at the event toured the new Center and learned about the comprehensive range of updated programs that the Center provides. These services include prenatal testing, breast imaging and ultrasound, gynecological ultrasound, bone densitometry, and a genetic screening and counseling program. "The Advanced Women's Imaging and Prenatal Testing Center is a state-of-the-art facility with all of the latest medical equipment brought together under one roof," said Mark J. Mundy, president and CEO of NYM, to event attendees. The brand new space possesses the necessary technology for prevention and early detection of illnesses and medical conditions that impact women of all ages.
One program that was mentioned in detail is the Center's breast imaging and ultrasound program, which uses mammography to screen for breast cancer. The majority of new breast cancers are diagnosed as a result of an abnormality seen on a mammogram. Mammograms are read, on-site, by one of the Center's board certified radiologists. The procedure, which takes about five minutes, can help ensure early detection of cancer, which greatly increases the chance of a successful recovery. "Breast cancer claims the lives of 12,000 women in New York City each year," said Marty Markowitz. "Early detection of the disease gives women the greatest opportunity to lead a full and healthy life."
Crystle Stewart also addressed the fight against breast cancer and stressed the important role of medical facilities in overcoming the disease. "We can beat breast cancer if we all work together and have medical facilities like this Center at New York Methodist Hospital."
Natan Haratz-Rubinstein, M.D., medical director of Advanced Women's Imaging and Prenatal Testing Center also spoke and addressed the staff's devotion to serving the community of Brooklyn. He mentioned the Center's sophisticated prenatal ultrasound and laboratory tests that can ensure expecting parents that their baby is developing properly. There are also an array of gynecological ultrasound procedures that can diagnose a host of gynecologic disorders, such as fibroids or inflammation. "You have my commitment and the staff's commitment to give back to Brooklyn through the services that this Center provides," he said. Physicians at the Center include highly trained specialists in, radiology, ultrasonography and high-risk pregnancy.
Patients may be referred to the Center by their obstetricians, gynecologists or other physicians. To make an appointment at New York Methodist Hospital's Advanced Women's Imaging and Prenatal Testing Center, call (718) 780-5799.
New York Methodist Hospital
New York Methodist Hospital, a voluntary, acute-care teaching facility located in Brooklyn's Park Slope, houses 651 inpatient beds (including bassinets) and provides services to over 32,000 inpatients each year. An additional 350,000 outpatient visits and services are logged annually. The Hospital offers Institutes in the following areas: Advanced and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Asthma and Lung Disease; Cancer Care; Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery; Digestive and Liver Disorders; Diabetes and Other Endocrine Disorders; Vascular Medicine and Surgery; Family Care; Neurosciences; Orthopedic Medicine and Surgery and Women's Health. The Hospital, founded in 1881, has undergone extensive renovation and modernization over the years. New York Methodist is affiliated with the Weill College of Medicine at Cornell University and it is a member of NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System.