ACMC cuts ribbon on Dr. Shin E. Huang Women’s Imaging Suite
Private, compassionate, special. Those are just a few of the words that women have used to describe the new Dr. Shin E. Huang Women’s Imaging Suite at ACMC. Ashtabula County Medical Center officials formally cut the ribbon on the recently renovated suite, which was made possible by a $100,000 donation earlier this year by the Huang family.
ACMC President and CEO Michael Habowski expressed the sentiment of caregivers regarding the Huang family’s donation. “For many years you have provided compassionate, professional care for the women of Ashtabula County. Your generosity has allowed ACMC to bring these services together in one area and allows us to continue your legacy for many more years to come.”
In creating the Women’s Imaging Suite, ACMC brought mammography, ultrasound, and bone density into one area that provides enhanced privacy and comfort while meeting the unique needs of women.
Mammography and ultrasound each show breast tissue and are used for screening or diagnostic procedures to detect potentially cancerous cells long before any symptoms are noticed. Moving bone density screenings into the Women’s Imaging Suite creates an added convenience because many women schedule these scans at the same time as their annual screening mammogram.
In addition to these services, providers have a radiologic viewing area on-hand, as well as additional technology to perform stereotactic breast biopsies and a sample imager which can be used to determine if a tissue sample is cancerous.
ACMC Foundation Executive Director Tami Netkowicz said, “Dr. Huang, as it says on the plaque outside this suite, you provided hope and healing to the women and families of Ashtabula County, and we will continue that in your name with this Women’s Imaging Suite. It is your legacy to ACMC and to Ashtabula County and a testament to your compassion.”
Dr. Huang was brought to tears several times, during the ribbon cutting and imaging suite tour, which also included his wife Seung, and sons Roger and Joey. Joining them were ACMC Foundation Board Chair Sandi Kanicki, and ACMC Vice President, Clinical Services Richard Trice.
“We are so grateful for what ACMC has done with our donation to support women’s healthcare in Ashtabula County,” Dr. and Mrs. Huang said. “It means so much that women can feel comfortable and safe during these procedures.”
Throughout the tour, the Huangs noted how quiet and relaxing it was in the suite.
“One patient was so grateful to have a private waiting area and thanked us for providing a peaceful environment,” Trice said. “Many have commented that it is a calming atmosphere, which helps lessen their stress level.”
As a reminder, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. ACMC continues to offer a gift to the first 500 women who complete the screening this month. A provider order is required to schedule a mammogram. Please call 440-997-6590 to schedule a mammogram at ACMC. The hours at the Dr. Shin E. Huang Women’s Imaging Center for mammograms are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with hours extended to 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Quote on plaque honoring Dr. Huang
“Dr. Shin E Huang devoted his career to caring for patients in Ashtabula County. He joined the ACMC medical staff in 1972 serving until his retirement in 2014. During that time, Dr. Huang delivered more than 5,000 babies, performed thousands of surgeries, calmed nerves, eased fears, and gave hope, and healing to women and their families in Ashtabula County.
"ACMC recognizes Dr. Huang and his family for their service to our community and for their philanthropic generosity, by dedicating the Dr. Shin E. Huang Women’s Imaging Suite.”