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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease's Advanced Breast Cancer Diagnostic Services Expands to North Pinellas/Pasco


CLEARWATER, Fla., (May 31, 2011) - As part of its commitment to providing advanced and comprehensive breast imaging and diagnostic services, Morton Plant Mease has expanded its breast cancer diagnostic services and opened two new Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center locations. The new locations are part of the health system's integrated network of breast centers offering breast imaging and biopsy services performed by specialized board-certified physicians, nurses and technologists.

  • Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center at Mease Countryside Hospital, located in the Medical Arts Building, 1840 Mease Drive, Safety Harbor, FL., 34695.

  • Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center at Morton Plant Mease Outpatient Center, located at 2102 Trinity Oaks Boulevard, Trinity, FL., 34655.

 "Providing results to patients in the shortest time frame possible eases the stresses associated with breast cancer diagnosis," said Barbara Bourland M.D., medical director of the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center. "Our goal is to decrease the diagnostic time from weeks to days with leading medical technology including breast MRI, non-surgical biopsies and computer-aided detection." 

With digital mammography and advanced diagnostic breast procedures, the breast center team is committed to providing follow-up diagnostic results within 48 hours. If the diagnosis is cancer, a nurse navigator is available to provide one-on-one guidance, support and comfort to help patients through the difficult time.

The new Susan Cheek Needler Breast Centers offer diagnostic services in tranquil women-centered environments featuring amenities such as women's only changing rooms and private waiting areas. With the help of a donation from Carroll and Mabel Cheek, the first Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center opened in 2002 at Morton Plant Hospital. The Cheek family honored the memory of their daughter and her desire to promote breast cancer research and early detection.

 Detecting breast cancer early is important for a better chance of successful treatment. Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among women and there are more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States according to the American Cancer Society.

 For more information on the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Centers, call (727) 953-6877.

About Morton Plant Mease

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals - Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey. 

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at



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