The opening of the new Abbotsford Breast Health Centre was celebrated on Friday at Abbotsford Regional Hospital
On hand for the opening were members of the Crystal Gala Foundation, along with partners John Laing Infrastructure Fund, Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation and Fraser Health.
The John Laing Infrastructure Fund donated the space, valued at $1.8 million, while Fraser Health contributed more than $1 million to renovate the area.
The Crystal Gala Foundation pledged $500,000 through the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation to provide medical equipment and furnishings.
The Crystal Gala Foundation first pledged a gift of $500,000 to the hospital in 2007, resulting in the opened of the second-floor Crystal Gala Breast Health Unit, for screening mammography, in 2010.
A further $500,000 was pledged, and the Crystal Gala Foundation fulfilled this $1 million commitment last year.
The Crystal Gala Breast Health Unit, where patients receive mammograms, remains on level 2 of the BC Cancer Agency.
The new Breast Health Centre, located in the “JLIF clinic,” is where people self-refer for breast exams.
A triple assessment service is provided, including medical imaging, a physical exam and a biopsy.
The centre also offers encouragement, support and counselling through diagnosis and beyond.