Breast Health Center

Breast Health Center

If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, University’s Breast Health Center will provide supportive care for you on your journey from diagnosis through treatment and follow-up survivorship.  The Breast Health Center is the first and longest-running accredited breast center in the region.

In operation since November 2000, the Breast Health Center is committed to caring for the newly diagnosed and survivors and offering education on prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

What the Breast Health Center offers:

  • Patient and family education on a breast cancer diagnosis
  • Nurse Navigation services by certified breast care nurses
  • Genetic screening and testing by certified oncology genetic counselors
  • Psychosocial support by a licensed and certified oncology social worker
  • Support groups for patient and spouse
  • Referrals for financial assistance for healthcare needs
  • Survivorship Care Plans
  • Community Breast Health Education
  • American College of Radiology accredited Breast Health Imaging Center
  • Mobile Mammography bus (Women’s Wellness on Wheels)
  • Magnolia’s Boutique

Diagnosis

Discovering a breast lump can be a frightening experience. Please call your physician as soon as possible if you discover a lump. If you do not have a physician, call the Breast Health Center for assistance. We are here to get you on the right track.

The Breast Health Center’s Imaging Department and Women's Wellness on Wheels are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for screening and testing for breast cancer.

Education

The Breast Health Center’s educational initiative is deeply rooted in our commitment to serving our community. Our breast health navigators offer one-on-one patient and family education, support and survivorship planning, as well as genetic counseling for hereditary breast cancer.  

For more information about our Nurse Navigators, please visit the Oncology Nurse Navigators tab on our website.

Support

The support services at University are a vital part of the healing process. See our Support Group section for more information.

Survivorship

University Hospital has been providing a Survivorship Program to our community since 2015. The Breast Health Center launched this program to serve those with a breast cancer diagnosis and follows the patient through the completion of treatment. For more information about our survivorship program, please see the Breast Cancer Survivorship section of our website.

Magnolias Boutique

Magnolias Boutique, open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., offers a full array of image-enhancing services and products for women, including:

  • Breast prostheses and mastectomy bra fittings by certified fitters in a private, professional atmosphere
  • Wig fittings
  • Comprehensive line of post-mastectomy bras, prostheses, camisoles and other products
  • Fashionable hats, turbans and scarves
  • Gifts and jewelry
  • Full-figured bras/ fittings for everyone (up to size JJ)
  • Medicare and third-party billing

Lymphedema Program

Patients who have breast or abdominal surgery or radiation therapy might be at risk for lymphedema, a form of fluid retention resulting from the loss of normal lymph channel drainage.

University’s certified lymphedema therapists provide patient education and treatment to reduce lymphedema and its complications.

Patients who are receiving lengthy treatments have greater privacy and comfort. Trained professionals closely monitor each patient’s response to treatment in all locations.

University Breast Health Center Accreditation

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The National Accreditation Program has accredited university Hospital's Breast Health Center for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

The NAPBC has accredited the Breast Health Center (BHC) since 2009, was the second breast center in Georgia to receive accreditation and is the only accredited breast center in our region.

Breast Health Accreditation

Meet the Staff

Breast Health and Oncology Services Manager

Melissa Manley RN, BSN, MBA-HCM, OCN, CBCN, CN-BN

Melissa is the program coordinator for the Breast Health Center and Oncology Services. She is a graduate of Cape Fear Community College where she received her Associate Degree in Nursing.  Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlin College of Nursing in 2014. She received her Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care Management from Western Governors University in 2020. Melissa has been employed by University Hospital since 1993, where she has served in various nursing roles.  In 2015, she began working under Breast Health Services.  Melissa holds certifications from the ANCC in Oncology (OCN) and Breast Care (CBCN) as well as a certification in Breast Navigation (CN-BN) through the NCBC.  Melissa loves being a nurse as it gives her the opportunity to help people and their families.  She is dedicated to serving the oncology population and providing education to assist with their needs. 

Meet our Nurse Navigators

Breast Navigators

Megan Dabbs, RN, BSN, OCN, CBCN

Megan is a graduate of the University of South Carolina at Aiken and one of two Breast Health Nurse Navigators at University Hospital. Megan has been an employee of University Hospital since 2012 where began working on the inpatient oncology unit. Megan transitioned from her role as an Assistant Nurse Manager to the Breast Health Center in 2015. Holding the titles of Oncology Certified Nurse and Certified Breast Care Nurse, Megan is dedicated to serving the oncology population. She loves working as a nurse navigator because it affords her the opportunity to work closely with patients to ensure their needs are met on an ongoing basis and she is able to help patients advocate for themselves.

Kari Deloach, RN

An Augusta native, Kari earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1991. She returned to the CSRA shortly after college and has been working in various nursing fields including emergency, day surgery, hospice, and now oncology. She also earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University in 2012. A breast cancer survivor herself, helping women understand their breast cancer diagnosis and navigate through their treatment course is her passion.

Breast Health Center and Oncology Services Senior Secretary

University’s Breast Health Center and Oncology Services would not be able to provide the high-quality care they do without the dedication and care of our secretary.

What does the Senior Secretary do?

Our Senior Secretary provides our staff members with everything they need to assist you in your education, treatment and care. Some of the things she is responsible for are:

  • Greeting patients at check-in to the Breast Health Center
  • Calling you to schedule appointments with one of our Cancer Care staff members
  • Create resource folders and care bags
  • Gather Breast Cancer Awareness materials for community outreach
  • Obtain funding for non-insured patients in need of a biopsy

University knows this is a difficult time and our senior secretary is here to help our staff provide you with the care and confidence you need to fight this battle.

Senior Secretary

Barbara Powell is an 18-year employee of University Health Care System and has worked in the Breast Health Center since 2014. The Breast Health Center holds a very special place in Barbara’s heart as her mother, sister-in-law and friends have received excellent care while battling breast cancer.  

Location

University Breast Health Center
Professional Office Building 2
818 St. Sebastian Way, Suite 205
706/774-4141


University Breast Health Imaging
706-722-3574