Construction of Mercy Regional Breast Care Center now underway


Construction of Mercy Regional Breast Care Center now underway


Durango, Colo.-- Mercy Regional Breast Care Center is now under construction and expected to be complete by the end of October.

All funding for the project, including construction, equipment, furniture, and artwork, has been raised through Mercy Health Foundation's $3.4 million Yes Ma'am campaign, which the local community has strongly supported.

"One hundred percent of the funding for the new breast care center came from Yes Ma'am campaign contributions," said Karen Midkiff, Mercy Health Foundation's chief development officer.  "We are honored and so very thankful for the support.  Clearly, people are very passionate about this cause."

The campaign has been supported by local clubs and civic organizations, sports teams, artists, professional athletes, events, private businesses, and individuals of all ages.  "One little boy even gave the contents of his piggy bank," said Midkiff.

The center will feature state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including a digital mammography machine, ultrasound equipment, and a stereotactic breast biopsy system.  Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a breast tissue staining system that helps identify types of breast cancer are also available to patients as needed.  Both pieces of equipment are currently operating in the hospital and were purchased previously as part of the Yes Ma'am campaign.

Mercy Regional Breast Care Center is located in the Mercy Medical Plaza, the medical office building attached to Mercy Regional Medical Center.  The 3,500-square-foot space includes a digital mammography suite, four changing rooms, a dedicated reading room for radiologists, and an ultrasound suite.  The center's entrance and main waiting area were designed to create a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere and will feature a fireplace, waterfall, and refreshment bar.  Paintings and other art will adorn the walls throughout the center.

"Our vision is to provide patient-focused, compassionate care using state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable, welcoming environment," said Director of Diagnostic Imaging Dennis Soappman. "There are currently no others centers like it in the Four Corners region."

The project architect is R. Michael Bell and the contractor is Davidson Construction.  SCW Art Consulting is coordinating the interior design, including the center's art package.

Mercy Regional Medical Center is a full-service, acute care hospital. As a not-for-profit hospital and member of Catholic Health Initiatives, Mercy is committed to improving the health and wellness of the communities it serves. See www.mercydurango.org for more information.

Catholic Health Initiatives is a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver. The faith-based system includes 77 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; and two community health-services organizations in 20 states. Catholic Health Initiatives ranks as the nation's second-largest Catholic health care system. See www.catholichealthinitiatives.org for more information.