New Breast Health Center Aims To Help Uninsured
A new breast healthcare center is opening today, offering women of West University Place a chance to get expert care for themselves while simultaneously helping uninsured women to get the care they need.
“We don’t want any woman to die from breast cancer because she couldn’t afford a mammogram,” said Dorothy Weston Gibbons, CEO and co-founder of The Rose, a nonprofit breast cancer organization that has operated in Houston for 24 years.
The Rose is celebrating the grand opening of a new 8,000-square-foot location in Bellaire at West Loop South and the Southwest Freeway. With a central location, double the space and new, high-tech equipment, Gibbons said The Rose Galleria will help the nonprofit group care for more women, insured and uninsured.
“I know that once people realize that’s how our business model is, they always go, ‘Why shouldn’t I go to The Rose? If my mammogram can help another woman, then of course I’ll go to The Rose,” Gibbons said.
She said the organization already counts many West University Place women as patients — An old location was at the corner of Buffalo Speedway and Bissonnet Street.
In 2009, The Rose performed more than 43,000 screening and diagnostic procedures serving 19,500 women who had the ability to pay and 8,100 uninsured women. The breast center has 80 staff members and four on-site medical staff, including two radiologists and two general surgeons. Two mobile mammography units serve the surrounding 9-county area.
“Last year, we served 8,000 uninsured women and if it wasn’t for our insured women, there’s no way we could have done it,” Gibbons said. “That’s a huge number.”
For more information about the new facility, call (713) 668-2996 or visit www.therose.org.