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GMC opens new breast center with 'spa-like' atmosphere

Breast cancer events around Gwinnett

Oct. 1: Wild Bill’s in Duluth and Zumba with China will host a “Party in Pink Zumbathon” from noon to 3 p.m. Live music and celebrity guest appearances are scheduled. Registration is $10 and available at www.zumbawithchin...

Oct. 4: Gwinnett Medical Center will host its Sixth Annual Breast Cancer Survivors Event in unison with the grand opening of its new Gwinnett Breast Center. Held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 631 Professional Drive, the event will feature survivors sharing their stories of courage.

Oct. 5: Jersey Mike’s Subs locations nationwide will host “Mike’s Way to a Cure Day.” Enjoy breakfast or lunch at the sandwich shop and 25 percent of all proceeds will go toward Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Visit www.jerseymikes.c... for Gwinnett locations.

Oct. 15: Athleader Training and Fitness will host its third annual Breast Cancer Walk at Stone Mountain Park. The walk begins at 9 a.m. and all participants that donate $20 will receive a T-shirt and one free workout. Visit www.athleader.com for more information.

Oct. 18: CaVELL’s Specialty Boutique will host a private fitting event, allowing breast cancer survivors to try on the latest breast forms and bras. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 2439 Main Street in Snellville, a breast care specialist will be available for private fittings and consultations. Appointments are suggested and can be made by calling 770-972-7200.

Oct. 22: All American Skate Center (5400 Bermuda Road, Stone Mountain) will host “Skate for the Cure” from midnight to 4 a.m. Skaters ages 18 and up are invited, with 100 percent of their $5 admission benefitting Susan G. Komen Atlanta. Skate rental $2.

All month:

• Wellness Performance Institute (1075 Satellite Boulevard, Suwanee) will donate 10 percent of proceeds from all new gym memberships to Susan G. Komen Atlanta through its “WPInk Out.”

• The Gwinnett Medical Center Care-A-Van digital mobile mammography unit will be making stops at four locations throughout October: Oct. 13 at the Boss Brothers Country Store in Loganville, Oct. 17 at the Five Forks Library in Lawrenceville, Oct. 26 at Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, and Oct. 31 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 678-312-4760.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett Medical Center has opened a brand new breast center at its Lawrenceville location, with an increased focus on comprehensive care and patient comfort.

The Gwinnett Breast Center, located at 631 Professional Drive, boasts four new digital mammography machines, highly advanced ultrasounds and software technology that allows for greater accuracy of bone density tests.

Dubbed a "breast center of excellence" by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, it is home to both the Marion Allison Webb Center for Screening Mammography and the Sandra J. Strickland Diagnostic Center.

"GMC-Lawrenceville provides excellence in imaging services to thousands of women yearly," hospital COO Jay Dennard said. "While patients' overall satisfaction rate with breast cancer health services grew from 95 percent to 100 percent from 2009 to 2010, the new Gwinnett Breast Center is critical in helping us continue this same trend."

The center also boasts what officials called a "spa-like" atmosphere, with amenities like private changing rooms, lockers for storing personal items, music and "serene imagery." Patients can also enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages.

Patients with abnormal mammogram diagnoses are guided through treatment by a patient navigator. Hospital officials said the comprehensive care at the new Gwinnett Breast Center will ensure speedier service.

"Based on the comprehensive nature of services provided and the patient-centered philosophy, women can receive consultations quickly and sometimes in the same day," said Karen Kubik, imaging services director at GMC-Lawrenceville. "In addition, follow-up imaging for an abnormal screening mammogram is scheduled within three to five business days."

Those interested can make appointments by calling 678-312-3444. A grand opening honoring cancer survivors will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.