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HCGH Opens Newly Enhanced Breast Center

For Immediate Release           
Contact: Sharon Sopp, 410.740.7646,
October 3, 2012                               

Dr. Lisa Jacobs

Columbia, MD – The new Breast Center at Howard County General Hospital offers local women convenient, comprehensive services close to home.  Led by a Johns Hopkins breast surgeon, the center provides the convenience of a full range of diagnostic and treatment services right here in their community, the quality afforded by an experienced team of specialized doctors, nurses and other care givers, and the comfort of support services for both patients and their caregivers.  Lisa Jacobs, M.D. (pictured, right), a Johns Hopkins surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer who joined the HCGH team,  is directing and building the new program. While HCGH has offered breast services in the past, the new center brings several services together into one cohesive unit, under Jacobs’ direction.

The new center, located on the first floor of the Hospital’s Health Care and Surgery Center, offers screening mammography as well as imaging, biopsy and diagnosis. “The environment here is tremendously relaxing and calming to our patients,” said Dr. Jacobs. “That makes a difference for patients who are in a stressful situation. It puts them in a calm state of mind and helps provide a healing environment from the start.”

Breast cancer care has been a focus of Dr. Jacobs’ clinical practice since finishing her surgical oncology fellowship. Her primary clinical interest is in improving overall quality of life for breast cancer patients. To achieve that goal, she has initiated research programs in lymphedema and oncoplastic surgery, which attempt to increase the number of women eligible for breast preservation by combining lumpectomy with plastic surgery techniques to reshape the breast.

Each patient treated at the Breast Center has the additional benefit of a team of cancer specialists that review each case, as well as the full spectrum of support services for patients and caregivers available through the Hospital’s Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center. A comprehensive approach to treating breast cancer fulfills the hospital’s commitment to providing the best quality care to the community.

“HCGH has a strong commitment to patient care and women’s health in particular,” said Dr. Jacobs. “We believe a lot of people have been leaving the county for breast cancer services and we want to make it much easier  on women by providing comprehensive services right here. Local residents can get the best of the academic world without leaving Howard County.”

View a recent presentation on breast health and recommendations for mammography.

About Howard County General Hospital
Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 249 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and pediatrics to oncology, orthopedics and geriatric services.  Programs include a full range of inpatient and outpatient services.

The hospital has a professional staff of nearly 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,700 individuals and nearly 500 volunteers.