Fayetteville-based Medical Associates of Northwest Arkansas (MANA) announced Wednesday (Aug. 29) an expansion to Harrison.
The Breast Center, a MANA clinic, will open a breast cancer screening clinic at 502 N. Walnut St. in Harrison on Oct. 1.
“Being able to provide cutting-edge breast imaging to the women of Harrison, from my former teachers to my classmates and their mothers and grandmothers, is what makes this special,” said Dr. Britton Bennett Lott, who graduated from Harrison High School in 1999. Physicians who staff The Breast Center are Drs. Lott, Danna Grear, Kevin Pope, Steven Harms, Kelly Pierce, Katherine Rankin and Whitney Manlove Sipe.
Grear and Pope founded The Breast Center in 2003 in Fayetteville as the first independent breast center in Arkansas. There is also a Bentonville location.
The Breast Center in Harrison will provide 3D mammography, also known as tomography, one of the most effective screening methods for detecting breast cancer. 3D mammography can detect cancers too small for conventional mammograms to find. According to a MANA news release, 3D mammography is proven to find 41% more invasive cancers, earlier, while simultaneously reducing the chance of getting called back for additional tests.
The physicians will rotate between the Harrison, Fayetteville and Bentonville centers. The Breast Center will employ a full-time receptionist and a mammography technologist at the Harrison clinic. The Breast Center will provide screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound and needle biopsy at the Harrison clinic.
The physicians of The Breast Center purchased the Harrison building, and renovations will be led by Butch May Construction. Contractor Josh Thomason said the renovations include expanding the lobby, creating three private dressing rooms, rooms for the 3D mammography machine and the ultrasound machine, and a reading room for the doctor. At the entrance they will add a new glass door and are in the process of building an awning.
Construction is expected to be completed in September.