Florida Hospital Tampa Unveils New Breast Care Center Name in Honor of Donor Contribution

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Breast Care Center is renamed the Kay Meyer Breast Care Center.

Unveiling of the New Kay Meyer Breast Care Center

The dedication and support that both Kay, and her husband, Fred Meyer, have shown to Florida Hospital Tampa speaks volumes of their commitment towards improving the health and wellness of our patients.

Florida Hospital Tampa unveiled a new name for its Breast Care Center during a program that included community members, physicians and former patients. Earlier this spring, a generous $250,000 donation was presented by Tampa-based philanthropist and cancer survivor, Kay Meyer, to Florida Hospital Tampa. To honor this contribution, Florida Hospital Tampa has renamed its center the Kay Meyer Breast Care Center.

Solely dedicated to breast care, the Kay Meyer Breast Care Center offers a comprehensive program focusing on breast cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and recovery. The staff, including board certified radiologists, are all highly specialized in the services they provide. State-of-the-art technology is available to patients, including digital (3D) mammography, computer-aided detection (CAD), and the newest addition, made possible by Meyer’s donation, a molecular breast imaging (MBI), called the LumaGem MBI system. This system can detect cancer in dense breast tissue that would not be decipherable in a mammogram.

“One in eight women in the United States will develop breast cancer over their lifetime. Based on those statistics, this gift will potentially save hundreds of lives in our center, by providing access to state-of-the-art detection and treatment equipment,” says Vivian Valdes, Clinical Manager of the Kay Meyer Breast Care Center.

Care extends beyond detection at the Kay Meyer Breast Care Center. Genetic testing, stereotactic, ultrasound-guided and MRI-guided biopsies, and bone densitometry are all available to patients. A patient navigator guides patients through the many stages of treatment, and the breast cancer support group comforts and educates both patients and survivors.

“The dedication and support that both Kay, and her husband, Fred Meyer, have shown to Florida Hospital Tampa speaks volumes of their commitment towards improving the health and wellness of our patients. We are grateful for this gift and know it will have a direct impact on the lives of many women who entrust us with their care,” says Brian Adams, Florida Hospital Tampa President and CEO.

“It’s an incredible honor to be able to make such an impact on women’s health in our community. Working together with Florida Hospital Tampa to bring the latest technology and the best medical care to the Breast Care Center is the first step of many,” remarked Kay Meyer.

In addition to Kay’s donation, she has also established a committee of women in conjunction with the hospital’s Foundation, called the Florida Hospital Tampa Women of Influence. Through this group, women throughout Tampa Bay dedicated to improving the lives of the women, children and families, are invited to join and focus on impacting patient programs and services, technology, etc., on behalf of the hospital.

“What is so exciting about this group, is that we all have a voice and will collectively decide where we can make the best impact on patients at Florida Hospital Tampa, all in the name of helping to deliver innovative health care right here in our own community,” says Meyer.

Appointments for the Kay Meyer Breast Care Center can be made directly by calling, (813) 615-7120. Walk-ins are always welcome, including those without a prescription. Additional information is available at FHTampa.org.

To find out more on the Florida Hospital Tampa Women of Influence, visit FHTampa.org/Foundation or contact Jan Berry, Florida Hospital Tampa Foundation Executive Director, at Jan.Berry(at)ahss(dot)org or (813) 615-7866.

About Florida Hospital Tampa
Florida Hospital Tampa is a not-for-profit 527-bed tertiary hospital specializing in Digestive Health, Cardiovascular Medicine, Neuroscience, Orthopedics, Women’s Services, Pediatrics, Oncology, Endocrinology, Bariatrics, Wound Healing, Sleep Medicine and General Surgery, including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures. Also located at Florida Hospital Tampa is the renowned Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute, a recognized leader in cardiovascular disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment and leading-edge research. The recent addition of the Doc1st ER shows that Florida Hospital Tampa is committed to providing compassionate and quality healthcare. Part of the Adventist Health System, Florida Hospital is a leading health network comprised of 26 hospitals throughout the state. For more information, visit http://www.FHTampa.org.

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