Women’s Services Director Teresa Boshart Yoder and a workman inspect one of the stained-glass windows before it is installed.
Workers are putting the final touches on the new RMH Funkhouser Women’s Center
, located on the RMH Health Campus, and staff are making preparations for its June 17 opening to patients.
“It’s hard to believe the opening is so close now,” says Teresa Boshart Yoder, director of Women’s Services at RMH. “We are really excited. The building is so spacious and beautiful; I think women are going to feel a real sense of comfort, confidence and caring when they come here.”
Construction on the $6.6 million, 15,400-square-foot facility began in the fall of 2011. The new center is about twice the size of the current space being leased for the RMH Women’s Center on Reservoir Street.
“As we increased our services and the demand for them grew, we recognized the need for a larger facility,” says Yoder. “The new center will allow us to expand our breast health clinic, offer educational classes and seminars, and provide convenient access to other services on the health campus that a woman might need.”
The new center houses women’s imaging, which includes advanced breast imaging/mammography, breast biopsies and ultrasound, as well as bone density screening. It is also home to RMH Breast Care
and the office of Dr. Heidi Rafferty and the Breast Health Navigator program. Also located in the new facility are the Image Recovery® Center
and RMH Heart Check
(heart disease screening for both men and women), Yoder said.
“We have state-of-the-art machines for mammography and follow-up imaging, as well as highly-qualified radiologists who read the images within our facility,” Yoder explains. “Women can be assured that they are receiving high-tech, high-quality imaging at our center.”
Yoder notes that the facility was intentionally designed to integrate patient privacy. “The mammography changing rooms lead directly into the screening rooms, so the patient doesn’t see anyone at that point except the technologist providing her care,” she says. “It’s little things that make a big difference to women.”
The landmark Massanutten Peak is plainly visible from the foyer, adding an element of natural beauty to the Center’s calming, peaceful atmosphere.
The center also offers genetic testing, mid-life care for women, continence care (in partnership with RMH Urology), chronic disease management, and support groups.
“Now that we have more space available, we hope to expand our educational offerings,” Yoder adds.
Yoder is also excited to have the RMH Image Recovery Center, an appearance enhancement service, located in the new facility. Currently it is located in downtown Harrisonburg. “Having this service in our new facility on the health campus will be so much more convenient for women, or for men who sometimes need such services,” she says.
The Image Recovery Center is designed to help patients with scarring, hair loss and other appearance-altering consequences of disease, injury or treatment. The service is particularly valuable to breast cancer patients, since it offers hair care, wigs and head coverings, breast prosthesis products and special bras, and makeup and skin care services. While the services are geared first toward those with appearance altering concerns, anyone in the community is welcome to take advantage of hair styling, manicure/pedicure and massage services by appointment, Boshart Yoder says.
“Women are going to enjoy the spa-like feel of the new Image Recovery Center,” said manager Cincy May. “Our new location will be so convenient and easy to access; I hope women will stop by and learn more about our services, which are available by appointment.”
The center’s sophisticated color palette, warm woodwork, contemporary design features and exquisite antique stained glass windows create a comfortable and inviting environment.
“We are extremely appreciative of Dr. Elizabeth Swallow, a pioneering ob-gyn in our community, for the generous gift of stained glass windows to beautify this facility for the benefit of our patients and staff alike,” Yoder said.
The center is named in honor of a $2 million gift from the Fred O. Funkhouser Charitable Foundation to help fund construction of the center. The remainder of the project was funded by a capital commitment made by Sentara Healthcare as part of its merger agreement with RMH, and funds raised through the Women for Generations fundraising campaign
, which ended Dec. 31, 2012, after exceeding its $1.75 million goal.
Yoder notes that Lantz Construction, the primary contractor for the project, has kept the project on schedule while also paying attention to detail. “The Lantz team has been amazing to work with,” she says. “Everything we said was important to us they have followed through on. They’ve been very respectful and worked with me on everything.”
The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house
at the new facility 2-4 p.m. June 15. There will be special music, guest speakers, facility tours and refreshments. For more information, see the facing page.
“We are thrilled to be able to build this new center to meet the diverse and important health needs of women in our community,” said Yoder. “This spacious new center will help us to deliver an even higher level of care and customer service to our patients. The new center also will move us a giant step closer to providing the full-spectrum of breast care.”