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Auxiliary to Centegra Hospital-Woodstock donates to new breast center

CRYSTAL LAKE – Centegra Health System Foundation is proud to accept a $500,000 donation from the Auxiliary of Centegra Hospital-Woodstock for McHenry County’s only patient-centered program that will provide a coordinated, interdisciplinary, high-quality continuum of care for women’s breast care needs. In April, Centegra accepted a $500,000 donation from the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation that helped start the project. The $1.1 million project also included funds from more than 60 other community residents and organizations.

The foundation provides Centegra with financial resources by seeking the support of individuals and corporations to bring state-of-the-art services to the community. To make a donation to the completion of the Centegra Gavers Breast Center, call (815) 788-5870 or e-mail foundation@centegra.com.

The new Centegra Gavers Breast Center in Crystal Lake, formerly the Crystal Lake Imaging Center, will serve as the hub for Centegra Health System’s Breast Health program. When it opens in the fall, it will provide McHenry County patients identified with abnormal screening mammograms a full continuum of follow-up diagnostics and required care in a coordinated and centralized location. Centegra has several state-of-the art imaging facilities throughout McHenry County that provide convenient access to individual imaging needs. Imaging services are also offered at Centegra Hospital-McHenry, Centegra Hospital-Woodstock, Crystal Lake Medical Arts and Centegra Health Center-Huntley.

The Auxiliary of Centegra Hospital – Woodstock is compromised of volunteers who organize fundraising activities, manage resale and gift shops and provide creative support for Centegra programs. Their efforts and goodwill have furnished major spaces, bought surgical and emergency equipment and refurbished several critical care areas.

“Because of the commitment to women’s health and wellness services in McHenry County, the Auxiliary of Centegra Hospital – Woodstock is proud to support the new Centegra Gavers Breast Center,”  said auxiliary president Sally Welter. “Funds are raised through several events such as the popular Mad Hatters Luncheon, as well as jewelry, purse and book fairs held throughout the year at Centegra Hospital – Woodstock.” 

Anyone interested in joining the Auxiliary of Centegra Hospital – Woodstock, please refer to www.centegra.org for information or call the auxiliary office at (815) 9334-3119.

Co-led by Medical Directors Aaron Schwaab, MD, and Gia Compagnoni, MD, the Centegra Gavers Breast Center will accommodate any surgeon who wants to participate in the breast center process.

“A dedicated breast center is an important venue in improving breast cancer patient outcomes,”  said Schwaab. “By also working toward a three-year accreditation with the American College of Surgeons, Centegra will be in a stronger position to serve more patients, meet identified community needs and gain patient and physician recognition as an accredited provider of high quality breast care.” 

Compagnoni said, “Access for specialized diagnostic and consultative services for McHenry County women facing breast cancer will be coordinated in a geographically-centralized location in Crystal Lake.

Screening services will continue to be offered at various locations throughout the county, while the breast center will serve as a hub of the program as well as a face for coordinated breast health services in the community.” 

Radiation therapy, infusion therapy and additional support services will continue to be offered at the Centegra Sage Cancer Center in McHenry.