September 29, 2014

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Honored with American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Hospital welcomes fellowship trained and experienced breast surgeon Janice Rothschild, MD; encourages mammograms in support of October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 29, 2014 – BRIGHTON, MA – St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a teaching affiliate of Tufts University School of Medicine recently earned the prestigious American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. In addition, St. Elizabeth’s welcomes Dr. Janice “Jan” G. Rothschild, MD, FACS to our breast surgery program highlighting St. Elizabeth’s ongoing commitment to addressing and treating breast cancer in the communities we serve.

St. Elizabeth’s Department of Radiology earned the ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence recognition for our expertise in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. This acknowledgement was earned after rigorous ACR inspection.

According to Kevin Hannifan, president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, “patients coming to St. Elizabeth’s can know that they are receiving gold star treatment that ranks among the best in the country. And, with October serving as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the St. Elizabeth’s staff, including the technologists, nurses and physicians in the Department of Radiology and the nurses and physicians in the Center for Breast Care remain committed to keeping women in our community healthy by providing exceptional care, growing our team and continuing to offer leading services such as 3-D mammography.”

Dr. Jan Rothschild, who joins Kevin O’Donnell, MD, in St. Elizabeth’s Center for Breast Care, comes to the hospital with decades of experience treating women facing a breast cancer diagnosis. She joins St. Elizabeth’s from Tufts Medical Center. She is board certified in General Surgery an Associate Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Rothschild received her medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and speaks French, Hebrew and Spanish.

According to Dr. O’Donnell who is also the hospital’s Chief of General Surgery, “We are excited to welcome Jan to our team. St. Elizabeth’s Center for Breast Care is known for its patient-focused approach. For each patient, the entire team of caregivers which could include nurses, surgeons and radiologists, among others meet regularly to discuss treatment plans. The staff is committed to each woman and her family and works to ensure immediate access to diagnosis and treatment from 3D mammography or other forms of breast imagery to surgical consultations to access to clinical trials. Jan supports our approach and can make an immediate impact among our patients.”

In addition, Dr. O’Donnell and the team remind women that according to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that a woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is one in eight. The organization recommends yearly screening mammograms starting at age 40. Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. To support these important recommendations, St. Elizabeth’s is encouraging women who are due for the annual mammogram or at high risk, to schedule an appointment. The team is excited to offer Breast Tomosynthesis, popularly known as 3D mammography to women in our community.

To schedule a mammogram, please call us at 617-789-3160. For more information about our Center for Breast Care and breast health programs, please call us at 617-789-2400.