Central Texas Medical Center's unique navigator program guides breast cancer patients
SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– As part of Central Texas Medical Center’s (CTMC) ongoing breast care initiatives, the hospital has implemented a unique service for breast cancer patients.
If a patient has an abnormal mammogram, the Navigator Program at the CTMC Women’s Center for Breast Health assists with providing further diagnostics and follow-up services, answering questions and explaining options as outlined by the patient’s physician. Lesley Castillo, navigator for the program, serves as a liaison between the patient and their treatment providers.
“In addition to coordinating health care services for breast patients, I’m here to provide education and emotional support for the patient and their family members,” Castillo said.
The CTMC Women’s Center for Breast Health is a first-of-its-kind resource in Hays County that was designed with the special needs of breast cancer patients in mind. It combines diagnostic imaging, support, surgical services and reconstruction in one convenient location. Mammograms and bone density studies are completed in the center’s spa-like atmosphere, and no referral is necessary for the screenings. For more information, visit ctmc.org.
The 178-bed hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 600 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. For four consecutive years, CTMC has been named The Best Hospital in Hays County in the annual “Best of Hays” publication released by the San Marcos Daily Record. In addition to interventional cardiac services, CTMC is a Certified Chest Pain Center and an accredited Primary Stroke Center. CTMC leads the region in da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery and offers a variety of specialty care services including medical imaging, rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, women’s services and more. For more information, follow CTMC on Facebook
, and visit our website at ctmc.org
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.