Whether you need routine screening or advanced treatment, we’ll be your partner every step of the way. The Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques in Newburyport brings together an experienced team of professionals and resources to ensure the highest standard of care and seamless coordination of services for every patient who walks through our doors. The Center is affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center which means Boston specialists are a part of our patients' care team.
We’re committed to giving you the best experience possible. 3D Mammography, the most advanced technology available, is now offered at our three locations in Newburyport, Haverhill, and Amesbury. Patients receive their initial screening results within two business days, and our dedicated Patient Navigator assists and supports you through additional tests and treatment if needed. You’ll be our patient for life, even if all you ever need are regular screenings. We’ll proactively keep up-to-date on your needs so you receive necessary screenings on time.
Early detection of breast cancer is crucial. By using the latest risk assessment protocols and screening guidelines, we can detect cancers earlier, often when they are smaller. Our personalized approach means you won’t simply receive the standard diagnostic testing – you’ll receive the tests that are most appropriate for you.
Anna Jaques brings you the latest diagnostic tools and treatment options across the spectrum of conservative options and advanced surgeries. Our collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) expands the breadth of clinical expertise available to our patients. As part of the Center’s multidisciplinary team, BIDMC specialists provide patients with an additional tertiary perspective and participate in treatment planning. They participate in weekly Tumor Board conferences to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for individual patient cases.
The Gerrish Breast Care Center is Certified Breast Center as recognized by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. We are only one of only 19 Certified Breast Centers in Massachusetts.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is given to Centers that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care and that demonstrates compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
The Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques in Newburyport is committed to meeting each patient’s physical, medical and emotional needs to ensure the most positive outcomes. Our team of board-certified and specially trained professionals includes:
Dr. Peter Hartmann is a board-certified general surgeon who brings nearly 25 years of private surgical practice to the role of Medical Director. Since arriving in Newburyport, Dr. Hartmann has been involved with the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer since 1989. He has had a special interest in breast surgery for decades, and was among the first to use the sentinel node biopsy in New England in the 1990s. Over the years, he has performed approximately 1,000 breast procedures. As a dedicated breast surgeon he focuses exclusively on a variety of breast procedures related to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
When you’re a patient at the Gerrish Breast Care Center, you’ll never go it alone. Our Patient Navigator, Kathy Porter, RN, is here for you, every step of the way. She will help you schedule the treatment you need, prepare you for your next appointment, and help educate and support the emotional needs of you and your family. Having a dedicated team member working with you to schedule services ensures you get everything you need in a way that suits your schedule and lifestyle.
Kathy Porter, RN, OCN, has over 25 years of experience in nursing. She is an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) by the Oncology Nursing Society with additional training in breast health. She was a three year recipient of a Susan G. Komen for the Cure community grant and served as a community ambassador for the American Cancer Society. She has spoken at the local and national levels on patient navigation sharing her 14 years of experience in this specialized role.
She strongly believes in patient empowerment and education whether a woman is being followed for prevention of breast cancer, benign breast disease or living with a cancer diagnosis. She can be reached at 978-255-4741 for any breast health issues or concerns. In addition to working with patients confirmed with cancer, Kathy is also directly involved with patients at elevated risk for hereditary cancer and benign breast problems. She also helps identify resources in the community that can benefit patients at various points along their journey.
Jonathan Arnow, MD, is a board-certified radiologist who specializes in reading breast imaging films, such as mammograms. Dr. Arnow attended medical school at University of Connecticut, did his residency at Tufts New England Medical Center and his fellowship at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston.
The Gerrish Breast Care Center brings together the area’s finest diagnosis and treatment options to ensure that you receive the care you need in a location that’s convenient for you.
While we pride ourselves on offering everything you need right here in the Newburyport area, our collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) further enhances the advanced clinical expertise available to patients. Specialists from BIDMC are a part of the Center’s multidisciplinary team. They provide an additional tertiary perspective and participate in treatment planning.
Anna Jaques now offers 3D Mammography, the latest and most advanced technology in breast cancer screenings and detection. 3D Mammography is the biggest breakthrough in breast cancer detection in 30 years because it provides clinicians with a level of clarity proven to improve accuracy and reduce call-backs and biopsies.
Anna Jaques Hospital recently invested $1.5 million to bring 3D Mammography to our Newburyport, Amesbury and Haverhill locations to provide the most accurate mammogram available in the country to the communities we serve. Through the generosity and commitment of the Institution for Savings, a $500,000 donation has been given to Anna Jaques toward the purchase of these three machines.
Several large studies have shown that 3D Mammography, also known as Tomosynthesis, detects 41% more invasive breast cancers which is 1-2 more cancers caught per 1,000 tests. It was also shown to reduce the chance that a patient will need to be called back for additional views by 15%. This increased accuracy means detecting cancer earlier with fewer false alarms, and fewer biopsies. Read more about 3D Mammography is this Q&A.
3D Mammography produces thin slices of the breast, taking up to 180 pictures of a breast in about the same time it takes 2D to take four pictures. This allows the radiologist to view breast tissue one thin slice at a time, almost like turning pages in a book, which helps them make a more accurate diagnosis.
All patients will be offered 3D mammography for screening and diagnostic exams regardless of age or breast type. Initial screening results are provided within two business days.
A radiologist will also review your mammogram to see if you have “dense breasts.” This means you have more glandular than fatty tissue on your mammogram. Dense breast tissue is a normal finding and seen in 50% of women. Your mammography report will include information about your breast density.
Dense breast tissue can make it harder to find cancer on a mammogram, and may increase your cancer risk. This is why it is important for you to know if you have dense breasts and talk to you doctor about your own risks for breast cancer, which include your family history. At that time, ask your doctor if more screening tests may be useful, based on your risk. Since most insurance carriers do not pay for additional testing based on breast density alone, a discussion with your doctor of your overall breast cancer risk is important.
Additional information regarding breast density is available here or visit www.breastdensity.info.
Tailored screening and assessment based on individual risk is the key to early detection of cancer. The Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques in Newburyport uses the latest approach of risk-stratified screening to ensure that women with increased breast density or increased risk of breast cancer receive the diagnostic testing that is best for them.
First, we assess your personal risk for breast cancer using software that calculates your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. Following that, we select from the following:
Research has shown that additional imaging, such as through ultrasounds or MRIs, can significantly improve diagnosis in women at high risk for breast cancer. Click here to see the cutting-edge diagnostic procedures the Breast Center offers you.
Wondering if it’s time to schedule a screening? Click here for the latest guidelines from the American Cancer Society.
We understand that routine screenings are anything but routine to you. Along with convenient scheduling that suits your lifestyle, you’ll receive your mammography and other test results in two business days. If needed, your care team will share a complete treatment plan with you within seven to ten days after your initial diagnosis.
If your screening did not reveal any abnormalities, we’ll stay in touch to make sure you continue to get the screenings that are recommended for you in the future.
We’re proud to offer the latest diagnostics right here in the Greater Newburyport area. After we assess your personal risk for breast cancer, we’ll perform one or more of the following:
Our dedicated breast care team specializes in minimally invasive procedures such as core biopsy, image-guided procedures, breast conservation techniques, mastectomy, and reconstructive procedures.
Dr. Peter Hartmann, the Center’s Medical Director, was among the first to use the sentinel node biopsy in New England in the 1990s. With 25 years of surgical practice, Dr. Hartmann focuses exclusively on a variety of breast procedures related to cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our extended team of medical and radiation oncologists provides additional treatment, if needed.
For more about treatment, please visit the American Cancer Society’s treatment resource page.
One Wallace Bashaw Jr. Way, Suite 2002
Newburyport, MA 01950
Call 978-463-8686 for questions or to schedule an appointment
To schedule a mammogram, please call 978-834-8210
New patients can print and fill out this form - GBCC New Patient Intake Form - in advance of your appointment and bring it with you.
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