When you pass the pink lights at Ascension St. John facilities across the region during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, remember to book a screening mammogram
Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 (TULSA, OK) – The Ascension St. John Mary K. Chapman Comprehensive Breast Center marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month by announcing that more than 5,000 patients have received preventative and life-saving care since the opening of the facility in July of 2021.
“Our team has provided over 2,200 mammograms at the new facility which allowed us to identify almost 100 cancer diagnoses,” said Phil Ames, System Director, Imaging for Ascension St. John. “Early detection and screening play a critical role in ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.”
Ascension St. John and Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute offer breast health and wellness from screening through survivorship at the facility where all services are housed side-by-side on the fifth floor of Mary K. Chapman Health Plaza at 21st and Utica. The center integrates cancer prevention, early detection, rapid diagnosis, leading therapies, clinical navigation, education and community support programs.
“This facility represents our commitment to accessible, compassionate and personalized care to the communities we serve,” said Jeff Nowlin, FACHE, Ascension St. John CEO and Oklahoma Ministry Market Executive. “Our team is delighted to honor our patients’ perseverance and strength in a symbolic way by illuminating our campuses in pink lights during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”
The center also partners with local nonprofits to provide patient-centered, breast health and wellness care to those in need. Through partnerships with Project Woman, the Tulsa Health Department and other local charities, approximately 45 patients per month have received care.
“The community of Northeast Oklahoma is served like never before by the Mary K. Chapman Comprehensive Breast Center,” said Laurie Flynn, MD, OCSRI Breast Surgeon. “As we commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we reflect on this unique partnership that allows us to provide all aspects of breast health side-by-side with other specialists.”
The Ascension St. John breast program provides care through the entire continuum of breast health and wellness, from screening through survivorship, with a unified multi-disciplinary approach delivering the highest quality care and patient experience. The center is accredited as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. The Ascension St. John Medical Center Cancer Program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
To schedule a screening today, call 918-744-3511.
About Ascension St. John
Ascension St. John operates six hospitals and more than 90 healthcare clinics and facilities in eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. Ascension St. John employs approximately 8,000 associates. Across the region, Ascension St. John provided more than $119 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2021. Serving Oklahoma for 95 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is one of the leading non-profit and Catholic health systems in the U.S., operating 2,600 sites of care – including 150 hospitals and more than 50 senior living facilities – in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.ascension.org.