LAGUNA HILLS, Calif., Sept. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center, a leading and innovative nonprofit medical center in Orange County, celebrated the grand opening of its next pavilion in the women’s health. The new, state-of-the-art, three-story, 40,000-square-foot facility, slated to open in 2023 in Laguna Hills, aims to improve the future of women’s healthcare and focus on the needs of women at all the stages of their life.
Leaders, donors, patients and local MemorialCare officials gathered at the construction site today and celebrated the transformation center. As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, it was announced that the Breast Center will be officially named the Sarah & Taylor Nederlander Breast Center thanks to a $2.5 million donation from sisters Taylor and Sarah Nederlander of the Harry J. Nederlander Foundation. The new breast center will allow MemorialCare to nearly double the number of patients served each year.
“We grew up in southern Orange County and were personally touched by breast cancer, with people close to us being diagnosed and fighting courageous battles,” said Sarah Nederlander. “With our donation, we hope to ensure that, especially today, more women in our local community have access to advanced testing, treatment and care.”
The Women’s Health Pavilion at Saddleback Medical Center will provide patients with convenient access to breast care and a range of women’s health services under one roof. The center will provide women with simplified and enhanced care in a comfortable spa-like environment. With access to same-day appointments, short wait times, and accelerated screening results, MemorialCare hopes to transform the future of healthcare and focus on the needs of women.
“Our vision for the Women’s Health Pavilion is to provide a truly innovative and holistic approach to women’s health care for our neighbors and friends in southern Orange County,” said Marcia Manker, CEO of MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. “With groundbreaking, we want to be ready to meet the growing needs of the community and expand our capacity and research to provide exceptional care to our community for years to come.”
The Women’s Health Pavilion will also offer personalized care from world-renowned specialists in oncology, women’s health, sexual health, obstetrics and mental health. The Women’s Health Pavilion will feature offerings not available at any other medical center in Orange County, such as the first integrated breast cancer clinic, with a breast oncologist, breast surgeon and a breast reconstruction surgeon under one roof, as well as the only boutique transitional retail site for patients undergoing cancer treatment. As planned, the Women’s Health Pavilion will house the first free-standing pelvic floor rehabilitation clinic with a pelvic floor physiotherapist. Additionally, a maternity space linked to hospitalists and perinatologists at Saddleback Medical Center Women’s Hospital will be featured in the Women’s Health Pavilion. Plans for the Women’s Health Pavilion also include a community education center that will expand educational offerings in health and wellness.
“Women lead busy lives, filled with professional, family, friendship and community obligations while trying to prioritize health and well-being,” said Cathy Han, MD, board chair. of the Saddleback Medical Center Foundation and a retired obstetrician/gynecologist. “They are our inspiration for our new Women’s Health Pavilion. Women’s needs have evolved and so has our care. They take care of everyone, so we want to take care of them.”
This women’s health pavilion will feature modern construction that incorporates sustainable materials, convenient parking, and an outdoor garden for rest and respite, all designed as a haven of comfort and calm. A critical part of the new facility will be the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment that uses the most advanced technology for the early detection and diagnosis of breast cancer, including 3D tomosynthesis digital mammography and breast MRI to accurate imaging. The technologies will be complemented by highly trained personnel, including dedicated breast radiologists, who only read mammograms and are able to detect problems at the earliest stage.
“Early detection is key to successful breast cancer treatment, and our new facility at Saddleback Medical Center will help our MemorialCare Breast Center continue to save lives,” said Gary Levine, MD, centers medical director for the Breast MemorialCare and internationally renowned breast specialist. cancer specialist. “We are beyond grateful for Taylor and Sarah Nederlander’s generous donation, which will allow us to ensure that more women have access to the latest breast care in a modern and spacious healing environment housing the most advanced technology.”
Christy Ward, president of the MemorialCare Foundation Saddleback Medical Center, oversees fundraising for the new Women’s Health Pavilion. “Orange County is filled with generous, determined and accomplished people who are using their success to make an impact,” Ward said. “We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our generous partners and donors, especially Sarah and Taylor Nederlander, for whom the Breast Center will be named. This important project will have a real impact on the future of women and their families in the Orange County as we usher in a new era in caring for women.
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center Foundation partners with community members who want to get involved in this transformative project for women’s healthcare.
About MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center
MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center received US News and World Report high performance rankings for heart attack, congestive heart failure, stroke, diabetes, aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement, COPD, kidney failure and pneumonia. It has been named among America’s Top 50 Hospitals, America’s Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals, Orange County Register Orange County’s Best Hospitals and Workplaces; received Magnet Nursing Excellence and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Stroke Care Gold Plus designation and among the first US hospitals to achieve Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center Certification and Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation. Centers of Excellence include Cancer, Heart, Orthopedics, Spine, Neuroscience, Gastroenterology, Emergency and Critical Care, Breast Health, Imaging, Women’s Health, obstetrics, geriatrics and minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. To learn more, visit memorialcare.org/saddleback.
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