Tuba City's mammography clinic dedication today

03 October 2002

Tuba City Indian Medical Center (TCIMC) will hold a dedication ceremony for its new state-of-the-art mammography clinic today at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend. Prior to the ceremony there will be a walk for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. The dedication will end with an open house at the new clinic. Indian women have lower rates of breast cancer than the general American population, but they have higher mortality rates because of the disease, according to a TCIMC press release. Tuba City Indian Medical Center partnered with the Indian Health Service, the Department of Defense, the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University, and General Electric to overcome this trend by bringing this high-tech clinic to the Navajo Nation.

"Here we are in the middle of nowhere using state-of-the-art technology to deliver the best health care available anywhere in the country. It's absolutely incredible," said Dr. Diana Hu. "We have the first digital mammography machine on the reservation which can transmit mammographs to the Tucson Breast Center at the University of Arizona."

Speakers at the event include Wanda Jones, undersecretary for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; TCIMC CEO Dr. Susie John; and Eunice J. Begay, president of the Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation.

Navajo medicineman Thomas Hatathlie will conduct a traditional Navajo blessing and the ceremony will end with a Hopi blessing.

For more information, please call Dr. Diana Hu at (928) 283-2406 or Beverly Draudt at (928) 283-2441.


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