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Published on October 28, 2011

New Lead Mammographer at Valley West

October 28, 2011 

Valley West Community Hospital is pleased to announce the promotion of Kim Larson, Registered Technologist (R/M) to lead mammographer in the Diagnostic Imaging Department, succeeding Mary Jane Hotopp, who has retired after 40 years with the hospital. Larson has been in the radiology field for 26 years, and acted as a support person in the field of mammography for the last 5 years. 

Larson, resident of Newark, has been at Valley West Community Hospital for the past 9 years.

“Kim is moving into the role of lead mammographer on a full-time basis and is responsible for patient care as well as our quality reporting. We want our patients to get to know Kim the way they did Mary Jane, because Kim will be caring for them for years to come,” says Janey Ciontea, Valley West Diagnostic Imaging Manager. 

“I’m really pleased to be able to continue the high quality of care that Mary Jane established for this department, and looking forward to working with and providing care for our patients,” says Kim Larson. 

Women over age 40 can self-request their annual screening mammogram at Valley West Community Hospital. A doctor’s order is not necessary, although the name of the physician who you are actively under their care is required for receiving the report.  Digital mammography has been available at Valley West since 2007.

The American Cancer Society estimates that slightly over two million women in the United States have been treated for breast cancer.  The good news, however, is that breast cancer deaths are declining, and one reason is better early detection practices. The best breast health practices include monthly breast self-exam, annual mammogram if you’re 40 or older, and a breast exam by a physician during regular checkups. 

Studies show that mammography detects 80 to 90% of cancers before they can be felt as lumps during self examinations, and the American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that a woman diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer has a 98% chance of surviving the first five years. The ACS and the National Cancer Institute recommend annual mammograms for women over the age of 40, and as early as 30 for women with a family history of breast cancer. 

To schedule your annual mammogram, please contact Diagnostic Imaging at 815.786.3794. 

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