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Saint Clare's Health System Opens New Women's Health Center

November 1, 2011

New facility at Saint Clare’s Hospital/Sussex offers comprehensive screening and diagnostic services for preventive care for women

Saint Clare’s Health System is meeting the health services and clinical breast care needs of women in Sussex County with the opening of a new Women’s Health Center at Saint Clare’s Hospital/Sussex, a state-of-the-art, dedicated facility featuring leading edge technology and treatment.

“The opening of this new facility is a testament to our vision to transform traditional health care delivery and promote healthy communities,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, president and chief executive officer of Saint Clare’s Health System. “We are committed to serving the health care needs of the Sussex County community with advanced technology and treatment options close to home, and are pleased to offer this new dedicated Women’s Health Center.”

An October 26 blessing and opening event was held by hospitals officials to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated, 2,140 square foot facility, which is currently open to patients.

The Center offers a beautiful, serene and private setting for women’s health and wellness services, including a female-only treatment area.

“The opening of this new facility is an important milestone for Saint Clare’s Hospital/Sussex and for the Sussex community,” said Suellyn Ellerbe, RN, MN, NEA-BC, executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief nursing officer of Saint Clare’s Health System. “Through its comprehensive screening and diagnostic services, the Center extends the health services currently offered to the women of Sussex County, providing crucial preventative care measures which ultimately save lives.”

Among its services to patients, the Center features comprehensive screening and diagnostic services for preventative care for women, including bone density scanning, state-of-the-art digital mammography, breast biopsies (including the addition of stereotactic breast biopsies, a minimally invasive type of biopsy, used as an alternative to surgical procedures) and ultrasound services – all under one roof. To the benefit of patients, if a screening reveals the need for additional diagnostic tests, they can often be expedited as screening and testing is performed in the facility.

Due to the generosity of the Sussex community, funding for the Center’s digital mammography machine and ultrasound equipment was provided in full by Saint Clare’s Foundation, including donations from the Sussex Auxiliary and the Johnny Rizzo Golf Outing.

About the Women’s Health Centers at Saint Clare’s
The Women's Health Centers at Saint Clare’s offer comprehensive services supported by innovative technology and a highly qualified team of physicians, nurses, nurse navigators, therapists, technologists and other professionals experienced in women's healthcare. Saint Clare’s offers two dedicated Women’s Health Center facilities, with a location at Saint Clare’s Hospital/Dover, in addition to the new Center in Sussex. Each facility is designed to provide the best in women’s health services and clinical breast care in an environment that promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being. Saint Clare’s offers a range of services uniquely focused on the special health needs of women, including breast health services, bone density testing, complementary medicine, counseling and education, and support groups. Saint Clare’s offers a fully accredited mammography program, and was the first in northwest New Jersey to provide state-of-the-art digital mammography – the "gold standard" in breast imaging – now exclusively used at our Women’s Health Centers and Imaging Center at Parsippany Commons. For more information, visit

About Saint Clare’s Health System
Saint Clare’s Health System, which has served the healthcare needs of northwestern New Jersey residents since 1895, is the region’s premier provider of community-based healthcare and behavioral health services.  Saint Clare’s operates hospitals in Boonton Township, Denville, Dover and Sussex Borough and other facilities located throughout Morris and Sussex counties.  For more information about Saint Clare’s Health System, please visit

Saint Clare’s is part of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), a national nonprofit health organization with headquarters in Denver, Colorado. The faith-based system operates in 19 states and includes 73 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted- and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; and home health agencies.

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