Kearney Breast Center Opens

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center is proud to welcome patients and our community to our newly renovated PeaceHealth Kearney Breast Center.

“We’re thrilled to show our community this wonderful new Kearney Breast Center,” said Christine Katterhagen, MD of PeaceHealth Medical Group – Surgery, who chaired the $2.3 million fundraising effort for the project. “We screen more than 15,000 women each year at our Breast Center. Our patients are going to benefit from this redesign in so many ways, from a more efficient check-in process to more privacy to a more relaxing and elegant setting to the very best screening technology. There’s no better Breast Center in the Pacific Northwest.”

Completion of the project was helped tremendously by a very generous $1.2 million grant from Connie and Lee Kearney. Connie, a breast cancer patient herself, is a strong advocate for early detection of breast cancer, and played an important role in assisting with the interior design and artwork for the beautiful new Kearney Breast Center.

The renovation of the former PeaceHealth Breast Center included a complete redesign of the interior, dramatically enhancing the patient experience. The new Kearney Breast Center offers better patient privacy, a warm and inviting atmosphere, and the very best equipment and technology. The Center’s new 3-D mammography system provides the most accurate imaging technology available today. “Studies have shown up to a 45% increase in the early detection of breast cancer using 3D technology,” said Kearney Breast Center Manager Ruth Melvin. “3D reduces the need for callbacks, which are very distressing for the patient. Plus, there is no additional compression, and it only takes a few seconds more than 2D. It’s so important to understand that regular mammograms are proven to save lives. We look forward to serving the women of our community with the very best technology, provided by the very best caregivers in this wonderful new setting.”

The new PeaceHealth Kearney Breast Center is located on the 3rd floor at PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center at 1615 Delaware Street in Longview, WA. Patients are encouraged to call the PeaceHealth Kearney Breast Center to schedule their mammogram at (360) 414-2701.