Brooklyn, NY—Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center announces the renovation and expansion of its Radiology Department after undergoing several technological advancements and facility upgrades. These advancements include new digital connectivity throughout the department and the medical center, along with advanced modalities such as a state-of-the-art CT, MRI and digital mammography units. General X-ray, Interventional Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Ultrasound are also offered. The now state-of-the-art, digital facility, offers affiliated and private physicians access to advanced modalities and patient centered services in a modern, patient-friendly setting.
Advancements also include a PACS system (picture archiving and communications system, which is dedicated to the storage, retrieval, distribution and presentation of radiological images). All images acquired are in digital format which eliminates delays in treating patients. Access points for the images are available in all patient treatment areas of the medical center such as the Emergency Department, Clinic and many physician offices. Privacy of these medical images are protected by a high level of security software to ensure access is limited to the physician in charge of the patient’s care.
Kingsbrook will be celebrating the opening of its newly advanced Radiology Department on Monday, March 23rd at 4:00pm. The event will be held in the Radiology Division, Minkin building, on the lower level located at 585 Schenectady Avenue, between Winthrop Street & Rutland Road. Please call 718-604-5201 for more information.
“As a result of the health challenges our residents face and the health care facility
closures which have confronted our community over the last four years, we experienced a significant increase in the demand for our mammography and radiology services, “ stated President and CEO Dr. Linda Brady. “Our immediate response was committing to technological advancements and facility upgrades to better accommodate the growing need for advanced radiology services. Our ability to respond to the growing health care needs of our community is our first priority and this newly advanced area is a testament to that ongoing commitment.”
Data shows that women in Central Brooklyn are getting mammograms for breast cancer at a rate well below the target of more than 85%. Moreover, women in Central Brooklyn face a mortality rate of 34 deaths per 100,000 from breast cancer, compared with 26 deaths per 100,000 throughout New York City. With this mind, Kingsbrook took immediate action to help remedy this disparity through advanced digital mammography and other programs for those who are under or uninsured. One such effort is supported by The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, benefiting KJMC’s Women’ s Wellness Center’s Community Breast Cancer Screening Program. Kingsbrook’s CBCS program is designed to increase access to mammography services in underserved communities throughout Central Brooklyn. As such, the program provides outreach, education, mammography, screening coordination and case management services to minority women aged 40 and older.
Through the proposed program, 2,500 women will be counseled about the importance of breast screening, 450 will receive a mammogram and screening coordination services, and 50 women with abnormal mammograms will receive ongoing care coordination for treatment, and the necessary referrals to move them quickly into aggressive treatment.
Kingsbrook also provides mammograms to over 2,500 women at its Women’s Wellness Center each year, including 326 women who are referred from the Brooklyn Healthy Living Partnership.
Additionally, Kingsbrook is in the process of establishing a Previvor Counseling Program to offer guidance regarding options for monitoring, detection and prevention to individuals in our diverse community identified at increased risk for developing breast and/or ovarian cancer secondary to the presence of the genetic mutations, BRCA1 and BRCA2. Similar to the model developed 50 years ago when Kingsbrook established the earliest of genetic counseling programs for Tay Sachs Disease, Kingsbrook trusts that the Previvor Program will offer a beacon of hope for thousands of women and men in Brooklyn. Currently, Kingsbrook’s Development staff is planning a BRCA Symposium to be held in October 2009. For more information on these programs, please call 718-604-5201.
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, celebrating its 84th year, is an 864-bed teaching Medical Center, dedicated to meeting the health needs of one of Brooklyn’s most culturally diverse communities. Kingsbrook continues to implement programs and services that respond to the vital health needs and concerns of the community at large. Centers of Excellence Include: Kingsbrook Rehabilitation Institute offering Physical & Rehabilitative Medicine, including Brooklyn’s only New York State approved Traumatic Brain Injury & Coma Recovery Unit, an inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Program, the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, Orthopedic Surgery, a Women’s Wellness Center featuring Minimally- Invasive Gynecological Surgery and state-of-the-art Digital Mammography. Other specialty areas include: Emergency Services, Ambulatory Surgery and a Certified Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory, as well as a 538-bed Adult and Pediatric long term care facility. Kingsbrook and Rutland Nursing Home are JCAHO certified and not-for-profit members of the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State.