The Williamson Medical Center held an open house and ribbon cutting Thursday night to introduce its newest office and the specialist recruited to run it.
Fittingly, the ribbon Dr. Rebecca Baskin cut to commemorate the Women’s Breast Health Center at 4601 Carothers Parkway was pink.
“With the Breast Health Center, we have a radiology suite attached to the examination rooms and offices with high-tech 3-D imaging, digital mammogram, ultrasound,” Baskin said. “Also, same-day or next-day biopsies are available, because we know these ladies want to get the results as soon as possible. It really helps with that and gives a peace of mind because these 80 percent of the time these biopsies, which are minimally invasive — just a needle, no procedure, no operating room, no anesthesia — show it is benign.”
Baskin, her staff, WMC leadership, county and city officials, and a few more filled up the reception area while Williamson, Inc. CEO Matt Largen introduced the center and explained its value.
“This provides peace of mind to the citizens of Williamson County, to know that our medical center continues to provide world-class medical care minutes from their driveway,” he said. “With the new Breast Health Center, they know they don’t have to drive out of the county for world-class care.”
Baskin, as a board-certified primary breast surgeon and breast health specialist, is a survivor of breast cancer herself and brings more than 14 years of experience in dealing with breast health and breast cancer. After her own treatment seven years ago, she began to focus specifically on surgeries and issues of the breast.
Baskin has practiced in Middle Tennessee since she did her residency in general surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio after earning her medical degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.
WMC recruited her specifically for her new role. She was hired in May, shortly after the Breast Health Center opened.
“Opening this center has been in inception for years,” Stephanie Clark, director of marketing and business development for WMC, said. “We opened it up in May and picked Dr. Baskin to be a part of it.”
Williamson Medical Group’s Breast Health Center has been named one of America’s best breast centers for the past two years by the Women’s Choice Awards. It is also an NAPBC and Commission on Cancer accredited facility. The Breast Health Center can be reached by calling 615-595-4570.