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Emory opens new Breast Care facility

5K sq. ft. center offers latest technology

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September 17, 2013
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The mood at the grand opening of the new Center for Breast Care at Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) on Sept. 12 matched the radiant sunshine outside. A crowd of several hundred people from Johns Creek Business Association (JCBA) and the Johns Creek Healthcare Association (JCHA) gathered to witness the ceremony and share in the celebration.

Reagan Curl, president of JCBA, and Sigurjon Kristjannson, president of JCHA, both offered congratulatory remarks as the packed room of spectators listened attentively.

Craig McCoy, CEO of EJCH, acknowledged distinguished politicians and guests, but gave special recognition to assistant professor Dr. Leonal Vasquez, Chief of Radiology and professor of radiology and imaging sciences Dr. Maria Piraner, who cut the ribbon.

Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker was on hand and added his congratulations.

"It's a great honor to celebrate another opening in Johns Creek," Bodker said. "It's a big deal because of what this particular business does."

He thanked McCoy and EJCH for being a "huge healthcare magnet for the city of Johns Creek" and noted citizens are getting phenomenal healthcare because of the hospital.

The 5,000-square-foot Center for Breast Care was open for guests to tour. The peaceful spa-like setting with soft lighting is intended to create a calm venue for women who may be facing serious health issues. The small treatment rooms are designed to accommodate a technician, one patient and her nurse navigator.

Chrystal Barnes, director of imaging services, said a nurse navigator will walk a patient through every phase of their care.

"She will be there from beginning to end to hold her hand," Barnes said. "We want this to be a calming experience and we want our patients to be happy."

This new facility offers the latest in technology to give the best care possible while remembering that each woman there is under stress and needs explanations and reassurance.

For more about the new Center for Breast Care at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, visit them online at

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