Gerrish Breast Care Center Officially Opens to the Community
A lovely dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting at Newburyport Medical Center formally opened the Gerrish Breast Care Center on October 17, 2013. Named in honor of a major donation from the Gerrish Family Foundation, the Gerrish Breast Care Center unifies the hospital’s team of professionals and resources across specialties to ensure the highest standard of care and seamless coordination of services. The Gerrish Breast Care Center provides comprehensive care for the prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer. Highlights of the Center’s patient-centered approach include:
- Using advanced diagnostic tools, the Center assesses each patient’s personal risk for breast cancer. That guides the decision about which type of diagnostic tests patients receive, further ensuring customized care.
- Patients get a fast, accurate diagnosis with test results provided in two days. When necessary, a full evaluation and treatment plan is developed within 7-10 days of initial screening.
- The Center’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center means specialists from BIDMC are part of the care team to provide a tertiary perspective and participate in treatment planning.
- A dedicated Patient Navigator guides and supports patients, from scheduling appointments and identifying resources to providing emotional support for patients and their families.
“The commitment of Curt Gerrish and his family to both Anna Jaques Hospital and the Gerrish Breast Care Center, named in their honor, has created a legacy of support for our patients. They have consistently demonstrated what the hospital and its mission mean to them,” said Delia O’Connor, President and CEO, Anna Jaques Hospital. “Their leadership and philanthropy, and that of the many generous donors who have supported the Center, have helped open these doors to provide the kind of superior patient experience and care that our community deserves, and we are very grateful.”
The Gerrish Family Foundation has given over $1 million in gifts to Anna Jaques Hospital over the period of its existence. In addition to the Gerrish Breast Care Center, other major gifts supported the Gerrish Fast Track in the Emergency Department, the naming of the entire Gerrish Family Foundation Emergency Department as part of the recent capital campaign, and a series of gifts to support new technology in the operating room and imaging equipment in radiology.
The Gerrish Breast Care Center is located at One Wallace Bashaw Jr. Way, Suite 2002, Newburyport, MA. For more information, or to make an appointment, please call 978-463-8686 or visit www.ajh.org/breastcare.