The Breast Center at MCMC is directed by Kerry Proctor, M.D.
Mid-Columbia Medical Center was the first Oregon hospital, and today is one of only eight in the state, to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) for its Breast Center.
MCMC’s program offers a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to breast health that uses comprehensive services, expertise and resources. By integrating screening, early diagnosis, patient advocacy and treatment, The Breast Center at MCMC offers important resources for women along the entire health spectrum.
We have a team approach to breast cancer care encompassing the three specialties, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Surgical Oncology. Our practitioners work closely together with one of the goals being that those newly diagnosed with breast cancer meet with each treatment team prior to the start of cancer care to ensure that the best choice, timing and treatments are offered to them.
For example, a patient’s decision regarding mastectomy (removal of the whole breast) versus lumpectomy (removal of the lump) is best done after seeing our radiation oncologist to gain understanding of the radiation typically used with lumpectomy.
To earn accreditation, a breast health program must show a commitment to education, research, continuous quality improvement, community outreach and professional education. It also must provide access to comprehensive breast health resources, including education and support services, screening and diagnostic technology and medical and surgical expertise.
The Breast Center at MCMC meets these requirements in many ways, including:
- Providing access to state-of-the-art screening and diagnostic tools, including digital mammography and stereotactic breast biopsy, as well as advanced treatment options, such as intensity-modulated radiation therapy and partial breast radiation using high-dose rate brachytherapy;
- Devoting a full-time breast navigator of mammography services to educate patients about the benefits of mammography and help patients without insurance to obtain free mammograms through the Breast Health for Strong Families Program.
- Devoting a breast care coordinator of oncology services to educate patients about radiation therapy and chemotherapy, and to help newly diagnosed breast cancer patients navigate through their options and available resources;
Breast Care Coordinator Melodi Johnson, BSN, OCN, CBCN
- Serving as a center for clinical research to investigate promising new options for treating breast cancer;
- Offering access to highly trained specialists in medical oncology, radiation therapy and breast cancer surgery.
The Breast Care Center is directed by Kerry Proctor, M.D.
To schedule a mammogram please call 541-298-4000
For questions about the benefits of mammography, or about getting a free mammogram via the Breast Health for Strong Families Program, please call the breast navigator, Alida Raynor, LPN CN-BC, at (541) 506-6418 or email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general questions about breast health, and for information regarding radiation therapy or chemotherapy, please call the breast health coordinator, Melodi Johnson, Registered Nurse at 541-506-6938.