Mccall Hospital is big, but this website is small and focused on only one thing. It’s either time to get your mammogram, or not yet.
The St. Lukes McCall Medical Center Website is StLukesOnline.org.
If you visit that link, you’ll see a fairly small building, but that’s not the whole hospital either. This link shows a whole bunch of locations in the St. Luke’s system. There’s Childrens Specialty Center, a Children’s hospital, a variety of Medical Centers in different buildings, and a rehabilitation hospital.
What about Mammograms
I think you can get mammograms in the little building called the St. Luke’s McCall Medical Center, but I’m not sure. I’ve never been there before. But let’s suppose you could, because it’s worth using it as a talking point about breast cancer screening.
I’m a radiologist who does mammograms, breast ultrasound and biopsies, and I’ve been part of organized screening programs as well as private practice in groups and as a solo radiologist.
A woman will naturally want someplace that’s very convenient, when she goes for mammography. This St. Luke’s McCall building looks ideal. A place that’s organized to make the mammogram flow quickly, so you can get it done and get out and back to other daily errands or work.
Of course, a feminine-inspired decor is more relaxing, than a hospital decor. I hope they have that. But when mammography clinics go overboard with the hyper-feminine exaggerations in art and colors, then it’s a little distracting. Basically, if the place shows they care to make things relaxing and well- laid out, it’s probably fine.
The staff at a mammography clinic, can either be new and anxious, or experienced and calmly reassuring. I hope it’s the latter. Not just getting registered or changed, but when patients are asked to wait while the radiologist checks the mammograms, and maybe asks for extra compression spot views, or maybe asks for ultrasound scanning, or maybe asks for a return appointment in 6 months… all those things can be explained with calm clarity, or with anxiety-provoking dumbness by inexperienced staff. With experience, the staff learn than every variation of situations, are all handled with routine steps. The radiologist will not be suprised or mystified by anything, not anything. They’ve seen everything possible, time after time, year after year. So what seems new and scary to a patient, is routine to the radiologist, and hopefully the staff, and I hope the staff have the demeanor to be calmly reassuring, because of that.
What if a person is diagnosed with breast cancer? Yea, nobody would like that. Everybody getting that diagnosis is going to be, at first, having worries about dying of cancer. Luckily, breast cancer is usually small when diagnosed by mammographys, which means it’s usually completely curable. Once a women hears the word curable, not the first time, but repeated for a number of days and nights, then it sinks in, that getting the treatments won’t be so difficult, and getting the diseased cured will happen along the way, and apart from the disruption to one’s work schedule to deal with medical appointments, and some time off here and there, it’s all doable.
There will be more written here. I just wrote these first few paragraphs to give this homepage some context for what will follow.