The ribbon is cut on the first digital mammogram unit on the peninsula. Pictured are (l-r): Jamal Wilkerson, representing Councilman Leroy Comrie (who helped secure the funding); Margaret Taylor Butler, representing Assemblywoman Michele Titus; Dr. Mohan Mahadkar, Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Borough President Helen Marshall; The Right Reverend Lawrence C. Provenzano, president and chairman of the Board of Managers; Dr. Paul Dupont, Radiology; Margaret Carpenter, board of directors; Patricia Gillespie, the administrative director for Imaging and Respiratory Care; and Chief Executive Officer Nelson E. Toebbe. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall joined administration and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital staff last week as the ribbon was cut on the first digital mammogram unit on the peninsula. Women now have the choice not to leave the Rockaways for their mammograms, said Patricia Gillespie, the administrative director for Imaging and Respiratory Care. “We want to get the word out to our residents that we have the best skills in their backyard,” said Gillespie. “We offer the very best.” The hospital is increasing its women’s services and that includes a new bone density machine soon to be installed. Funding for the new digital mammography suite, named for Marshall, was provided by the Queens Borough President’s office and the Queens delegation of the City Council.
Showing off the new mammo machine are (l-r) Gillespie, imaging tech Lorraine Gabbola, Marshall, and imaging tech Denise Martinez. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg
Marshall talks about the need for increased medical care on the peninsula.
Dr. Nash will manually read the mammograms and the CAD (computer-aided detection) system, rear, will also be used. CAD has been proven to increase detection of tumors.