WMC Breast Health Center renamed The Turner-Dugas Breast Health Center

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The Williamson Medical Center’s Breast Health Center is an accredited and award-winning program. With the generosity of two families, the center has been able to expand both the services offered and cutting-edge technology. 

State, county and city leaders joined with medical center trustees, friends and staff to celebrate the renaming of the breast health center on Monday. 

The Turner-Dugas Breast Health Center at Williamson Medical Center was unveiled with both Cal Turner Jr. and his sister Laura Dugas, whom the center is named after, present. 

Turner spoke a few emotional words and shared why giving money was something they had to do. He said his and Dugas’s mother passed away in July 1988 from breast cancer. 

“When Laura Jo and I were born, it was at home,” Turner said. “But, when my mother was dying, it was at a community hospital who gave her the care she needed. I was with my mother in the moment she passed. I stood at the end of her bed and held the feet of the woman who gave me birth.”

Turner also shared that his wife, who is a patient of the breast health center, was diagnosed with stage zero breast cancer. 

The decision for the brother and sister duo to help with the capital campaign was an easy one, according to Turner. 

“We had to give the money,” he said. 

Turner and Dugas were presented artwork created by Lin Swensson that will be on the walls of the clinic, adding to the calming and peacefulness as nervous patients enter. 

Dr. Rebecca Baskin, who was recruited to lead the breast health center when it opened, also shared a few words with the audience.

“One of the greatest compliments we had recently was a patient who shared post operatively that they didn’t feel like they were at a hospital,” she said.

The patient experience is high on Baskin’s list of needs at the clinic, herself a 13-year breast cancer survivor. 

“We offer the best cutting-edge technology,” she said. “The addition of the 3D mammography and two mammogram rooms, the expansion of the navigation and genetic testing, offer patients the best from the moment of diagnosis.”

The Breast Health Navigator ensures patients and their families not only understand what is going on, but also provide accurate information and personalized care.

Patients with abnormal test results can be seen within 24 hours, biopsied within 24 hours and have results within 48 hours. This is what makes the breast health center unique. The focus on the patient is extraordinary. 

The center uses state-of-the-art technology, including 3D imaging, to ensure patients get the most accurate and detailed information possible. Baskin pointed out this innovative technology has diagnosed women with early cancers that wouldn’t have been seen with 2D imaging. 

The center has earned the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, and the Imaging Center was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. The American College of Radiology recognizes breast imaging centers for accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

The Breast Health Center has also received the 2019 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers for the fourth year in a row. 

To schedule a mammogram, call 615-435-5022.

The Turner-Dugas Breast Health Center at Williamson Medical Center is located at 4601 Carothers Parkway, Suite 150, in Franklin. Visit williamsonmedicalcenter.org to learn more. 

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