Breast Health Center planned for Northern Inyo Healthcare District

Healthcare in the Eastern Sierra advanced this week with the launch of a planned Breast Health Center in the Northern Inyo Healthcare District (NIHD).

Plans for the center were unveiled during a regional medical providers dinner hosted by NIHD. Such centers, more commonly found in cities, provide in-depth breast health care, from screening and diagnosis to breast cancer treatment and supportive resources.NIHDBreast surgeons and radiology specialists lead most centers. This is what NIHD now can offer to the communities in and around the Eastern Sierra.

Dr. Jay K. Harness, a globally-recognized breast cancer surgeon specializing in breast-preserving operations, signed on to serve as the center’s consulting surgeon. Dr. Harness joins Dr. Stuart Souders, a radiologist specializing in dedicated breast imaging, and Rosie Graves, NIHD’s new Patient Navigator, in rounding out the center’s leadership team.

“What I’m bringing to this program is 31 years of focus on breast cancer, both the diagnosis and treatment,” Dr. Harness said. “Our goal is to establish a multi-disciplinary breast cancer program and to expand the breast surgery procedures that NIHD does right now. Then we want to expand what we do for breast cancer to all cancers. The key is passionate people working together. It isn’t rocket science. It’s common sense.” Click here to read the full article.

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