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Celebrating the Marion-Louise Saltzman Women’s Center’s 20th Anniversary

By on 06/13/2017

It started as the brainchild of Robert Somers, MD, and a colleague, who saw the need for a comprehensive women’s health center at Einstein.

Twenty years later, the Marion-Louise Saltzman Women’s Center is a local leader in women’s health care, and is particularly renowned for its pioneering approaches to breast health.

Saltzman family photo

When the concept was still in its earliest stages, Dr. Somers began treating a family friend, Marion-Louise Saltzman, for breast cancer.

After her death, Irv Saltzman and the couple’s daughter, Jami Saltzman-Levy, approached Dr. Somers wondering how they could best memorialize Dr. Somers’ good friend. The Saltzmans were intrigued by Dr. Somers’ vision of a women’s center and they made the center the beneficiary of several memorial gifts given in Marion-Louise Saltzman’s name.

Jami Saltzman-Levy, the daughter of the woman after whom the women’s center is named, reflects on those two decades of progress.

Irv Saltzman (center) with granddaughter Madison Louise (left) and great granddaughter Marion (right).

Even now, she says, it’s hard to believe her mother is gone, but she is “very proud to have the women’s center in existence, and I can’t say enough about the staff. They’re driven to make sure they’re delivering state-of-the-art health care and equipment and practices to treat women. They coordinate care and deliver it in the most compassionate way possible.”

Particularly noteworthy, Saltzman-Levy says, were the center’s early adoption of 3D mammography and the recent implementation of molecular breast imaging, which displays tumors in dense breast tissue, a first in the state.

The women’s center was also an early adopter of sentinel node biopsy, she adds.

Today, the center has grown exponentially and the care provided to patients is, and always has been, cutting edge. The Marion-Louise Saltzman Women’s Center sees more than 500 women a week for screening mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies. The center offers same-day mammogram results, and can schedule same-day ultrasounds and biopsies if required.

Groundbreaking with Jami Saltzman and her father, Irv Saltzman, in front. Also pictured: Irv Geffen (former VP of Development), Marty Goldsmith (former Einstein Healthcare Network President & CEO) and Marvin Levitties (Emeritus Board Member).

The center, on the campus of Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, provides for women’s physical and emotional needs and is dedicated to optimizing women’s health by detecting and diagnosing women’s needs early. The center is nationally renowned and recognized as a top facility east of the Mississippi.

The center provides a range of health care services for women of all ages, with a team of physicians, nurses, technicians and other medical professionals. Special services include the Center for Breast Health, mammography, and psychology and counseling.

Recently, dignitaries and special guests celebrated the center’s anniversary, including Saltzman-Levy.

Looking back on the center’s 20 years and all its accomplishments, Saltzman-Levy reflects, she believes her mother would have been “very fascinated and proud. I’m just sad that she didn’t see it in her lifetime.”

(Photo at the top of the page, from left: Jami Saltzman-Levy; Debra Somers Copit, MD, medical director of Diagnostic Imaging at the Women’s Center; Ronnie Somers; Irv Saltzman; Dr. Somers; and Lisa Jablon, MD, director of Einstein’s Breast Health Program.)

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