Finding a breast lump or abnormality can cause an enormous amount of anxiety for patients and their families.
For years, patients with cancer in southeastern Ontario have had to visit multiple hospital sites or clinics in different Kingston locations to receive imaging and treatment, including equipment in need of replacement. Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) staff have consistently desired the opportunity to give a better care experience to their patients.
Thanks to the generosity and passion of donors, that dream has now become a reality.
Slated to begin opening in early 2022, the new Breast Imaging Kingston Centre will be a cutting edge clinical facility off of Highway 15 in the east end of Kingston. It will house all things breast cancer imaging and diagnosis care in one accessible location, with private and comfortable spaces for patients.
“We said at the beginning that if we were going to do this, we wanted to create a centre that allows the highest level of breast imaging care in North America, and I think we’ve accomplished that,” says Karen Pearson, Director of Imaging Services at KHSC.
In addition to the amalgamation of services, the centre will provide patients with access to the best possible breast care technology.
“It gives me goose bumps and makes me emotional to think about how far we’ve come in this journey,” says Eric Sauerbrei, Radiologist and head of the Women’s Imaging Section of the Department of Radiology at KHSC. “Now, not only do we expect our wait times to decrease significantly with this new centre, we’ll increase our rate of cancer detection because the new technology will be that much more sensitive and accurate.”
Numerous donors have made significant contributions towards the new centre. Two of the most notable and influential are the visionary women behind the Rose of Hope golf tournament, and the ever generous and philanthropic A. Britton Smith. This centre would not have been possible without them.
“I am happy to contribute to the advancement of breast imaging locally,” says A. Britton Smith.
“We are very proud to be a part of this wonderful new centre that will save a lot of lives,” says Sherri McCullough, Cataraqui Golf and Country Club and Rose of Hope Chair. “We are very grateful to our partners at the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation for all the support and encouragement they give us, and we would especially like to thank all of our members, donors and sponsors whose generosity and dedication has helped to make this dream come true.”