It matters...That you receive expert care
In 2008, a group of visionary Tacoma health leaders spearheaded an innovative, collaborative solution to a chronic problem in South Puget Sound – women sometimes waited anxiously for up to six or eight weeks to receive results from breast diagnostic procedures. Compounding this was a need for improved efficiencies of care for patients by centralizing radiologists specializing in mammography and breast imaging rather than having them spread out among different breast imaging locations.
In order to best serve women in the South Puget Sound, community leaders pioneered an innovative model of delivering breast screening and diagnostic services. With a shared goal of improving community access to outstanding breast health services, two competing non-profit health care systems, CHI Franciscan Health and MultiCare Health System, closed their respective breast imaging services in Tacoma and jointly opened the Carol Milgard Breast Center in 2009.
The two systems hired TRA Medical Imaging, a well-known and reputable radiology group, to provide radiology services and manage the breast center. In an era of runaway medical costs, this willingness to work together rather than compete for scarce resources enabled the three organizations to create the community’s first imaging center focusing exclusively on breast care.