With a snip of a pink ribbon, Jackson Memorial Hospital kicked off National Breast Cancer Awareness month on Oct. 1 by dedicating the remodeled Roberta Orlen Chaplin Digital Breast Imaging Center at the Taylor Breast Health Center.
Thanks to a generous donation from philanthropists Harvey and Roberta Chaplin, the facility is totally digital, providing physicians with easier and faster access to images. It also has been renovated with more comfortable features for patients. Additionally, the center will be upgrading two digital mammogram units to incorporate 3-D technology.
“The Chaplins have been far more than just patrons in the fight against breast cancer; they have been activists, ambassadors and champions,” Carlos A. Migoya, president and CEO of Jackson Health System, said during a grand re-opening celebration. “On behalf of our doctors, nurses and especially our patients, we thank you.”
The celebration was attended by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, breast cancer survivors, nurses and physicians, the chair of the Public Health Trust, Jackson executives and officers of the board of the Jackson Memorial Foundation.
“Only here at Jackson can we deliver the cutting-edge care made possible by the Chaplins’ generous gift,” said Darryl K. Sharpton, chair of the Public Health Trust Board of Trustees. “We promise that high level of care to everyone in our community, regardless of their ability to pay.”
Breast cancer survivor Rosa Arias Yapur, 34, credits the breast center at Jackson Memorial for saving her life. The first-time mother shared her story during the ceremony, with her husband and daughter by her side.
Three months after having her first child, Yapur noticed blood streaming from one of her nipples. She then discovered a lump on her left breast and had a feeling something was terribly wrong.
“When I came to Jackson, they discovered I had stage three breast cancer,” she said. “Thanks to all the doctors and staff at Jackson, I was able to get a mastectomy and treatment. Now I am cancer-free. I thank God for the Jackson Memorial
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