Ascension Sacred Heart is opening a new Women’s Diagnostic Center that offers 3D mammography. The center also features a breast health navigator who provides support, from diagnosis to treatment, for new patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer. This is Ascension Sacred Heart’s third women’s diagnostic center of its kind in the region.
“After opening Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast Women’s Diagnostic Center last June, we saw the need for another center to improve access for women in the region”, said Mario Pulido, Chief Medical Officer. “The addition of 3D mammography in Watersound Origins will make it easier for women to get their annual screening where they live or work.”
Designed with a woman’s comfort and convenience in mind, Ascension Sacred Heart Watersound Origins Women’s Diagnostic Center is located at 75 Origins Main Street, Suite 201 in Watersound. That’s inside the Watersound Town Center Building on the second floor. The center is conveniently located near Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart at Watersound that includes primary care and OB/GYN services.
The center will provide a variety of services including:
- 3-D mammography
- A patient navigator to guide and support women, provide resources and facilitate coordination among caregivers and patients
- Bone density imaging and ultrasound
“At the sister facility at Emerald Coast, we have found that approximately 30-percent of women who were screened needed follow-up testing”, said Pulido. “It is recommended that women are screened annually starting at age 40, although some women’s doctors may recommend screening earlier.”
The care team at the new women’s center will work closely with Ascension Sacred Heart surgical and cancer care teams to provide reconstructive breast services. Ascension Sacred Heart employs one of the only breast oncology surgeons in the region, Dr. Jonathan K. Smith. Dr. Smith is a board-certified general surgeon with more than 20 years of experience. Dr. Smith is also fellowship trained in breast surgical oncology with an office in Miramar Beach and he performs surgeries at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. A second fellowship trained Breast oncology surgeon, Dr. Alison Moody, will join Ascension Sacred Heart Bay in September.
Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast Women’s Diagnostic Center celebrates its one-year anniversary June 11. Ascension Sacred Heart Bay’s Women’s Diagnostic Center opened in February 2022. Plans are in the work for a new Ascension Sacred Heart Gulf Women’s Diagnostic Center. Currently the location offers 2D mammography, ultrasound and breast biopsy. For more information about the Women’s Diagnostic Centers, visit ascension.org/sacredheartmammogram. For more information about Cancer Care, visit ascension.org/sacredheartcancer.