Jupiter Medical Center Opens New Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center

JUPITER, FLA. (April 22, 2015) – Jupiter Medical Center today announced the opening of the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, a new 26,000 square foot state-of-the-art home for its full spectrum of breast health services, as well as outpatient imaging services.

The Breast Center, located at 2111 Military Trail, will house Jupiter Medical Center’s cutting-edge breast diagnostic equipment. Importantly, the Breast Center integrates the diagnostic equipment, a Caring MRI Suite, soft lighting, feng-shui elements and a tranquil healing garden into comforting surroundings designed to simplify and enhance the patient experience. With the full continuum of breast health services housed in one location — from mammography to biopsies, PET (positron emission tomography) scan to MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), and even genetic testing and counseling for cancer risk — the Breast Center enables the patient to experience seamless integration of preventive and diagnostic services all under one roof.

The Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center is named in honor of Suzanne Niedland’s mother, Margaret, who lost her battle with breast cancer in March of 2011. Suzanne Niedland’s comprehensive donation funded Jupiter Medical Center’s purchase of the Breast Center’s advanced diagnostic equipment and the construction of the new building.

“Jupiter Medical Center and I strived to create a relaxed, peaceful patient environment that will reduce anxiety at what can be a stressful and emotional time,” said Niedland. “The Center’s environment, inspired by my mother, will support each patient throughout the world class diagnostic center. Our neighbors and community deserve, and now have access to, state-of-the–art care, which begins with a deep sense of compassion and respect for the dignity of every patient. My husband, Larry, and I are extremely honored to be a part of this momentous occasion for Jupiter Medical Center and our community.”

The Breast Center’s environmentally-focused overall design places it in a special architectural category as a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified silver project and as such, it is one of a handful of medical office buildings in South Florida with this designation. The LEED silver certification attests to the building’s certification for its energy-efficiency and environmentally-friendliness.

“The Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center speaks perfectly to our commitment as one of the guardians our community’s health and wellness,” said Jupiter Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John D. Couris. “The new center will be a national model for community-based patient care and the first center in the region to combine next generation technology and seamless delivery of breast health and diagnostic services – distinguishing it from other breast centers in the area. We are so very grateful to Suzanne who made this invaluable resource in our community possible.”

The first floor of the Breast Center houses two 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) rooms, three breast ultrasound rooms, technology for stereotactic biopsies, PET/PEM (breast positron emission tomography/positron emission mammography), MRI, X-ray and bone densitometry.

Jupiter Medical Center was the first facility in Palm Beach and Martin Counties to offer tomosynthesis. Tomosynthesis produces a 3D image of the breast, increasing the level of diagnostic accuracy, which allows physicians to find breast cancer at an earlier stage.

“We have made tremendous advances in the last several years to acquire state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and provide the highest quality medical care to our patients. The new Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center is the next stage of our development—allowing us to offer a facility and system of services that match the quality level of our equipment and the care we provide,” said Dr. Lee Fox, Chief of Radiology at Jupiter Medical Center. “Significantly, the Breast Center is one of the few facilities in our region now providing low-dose tomosynthesis. This exciting, new technology ensures women all the benefits of 3D mammography at a radiation dose nearly equal to a digital 2D mammogram and much smaller doses of radiation than with traditional x-ray procedures. Should patients need additional diagnostic tests following a mammogram, such as an MRI or biopsy, the most advanced technology for these procedures is right down the hall. For example, the Breast Center’s Affirm™ breast biopsy guidance system uses 3D technology to easily locate and target regions of interest for biopsy.”

A focal point of the center is the Caring MRI Suite, which features a calming setting to make the patient experience more pleasant and help reduce stress. Patients who require breast MRI can design their own personalized theme in the exam room. With the touch of an iPad they can customize lighting, music and soothing images that can be projected onto the ceiling.

Cancer prevention is also a priority. The second floor of the Breast Center will house the Cancer Genetics & High Risk Program, allowing patients to be screened and counseled in a private, comfortable and serene setting.

The Breast Center is nationally accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and has been designated as an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The Breast Center is also designated as a Pink Ribbon Facility. Pink Ribbon Facilities are digital imaging centers recognized as providing excellence in breast health paired with their exceptional commitment and support to the community.

“When deciding to sign on as the Medical Director for the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, it was the opportunity to take care of patients using cutting-edge technology in an environment that was designed with the patient in mind that brought me here,” said Dr. Lynda L. Frye, who is Board Certified, in Diagnostic Radiology and received her fellowship training at the University of California. “The resources, as well as the Center itself, are amazing and as I look five years down the road, I am confident that the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center will be regarded as the gold-standard in South Florida, continuing to offer cutting-edge care that puts the needs of the patient first.”

In addition to a full complement of breast health services, the new building also includes a new Outpatient Imaging Center. Here, patients will conveniently find health imaging services not related to the breast—from MRI to CT, ultrasound, PET/CT and digital x-rays.

About Jupiter Medical Center

A not-for-profit 327-bed regional medical center consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics & spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung & thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Jupiter Medical Center sets high standards for the hospital and the services it provides. Its accreditations are symbols of quality that proves that Jupiter Medical Center consistently meets or exceeds performance standards.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,500 team members, 575 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call (561) 263-2234 or visit Jupitermed.com.