Special Delivery in Parole


Anne Arundel County women are fortunate to have a beautiful, state-of-the-art women's health center opening in their own back yard. Anne Arundel Medical Center's Rebecca M. Clatanoff Pavilion in Parole, named after a devoted volunteer who died three years ago of cancer, accepted its first patients yesterday.

Its opening constitutes the final piece of a 50-acre medical complex on Jennifer Road that also includes oncology, ambulatory-surgical and community health education centers.

If you're having a baby, the setting, amenities and medical facilities at the Clatanoff Pavilion should make the experience as comfortable as hospital childbirth can possibly be. The same applies if you're visiting the Pavilion for less happy reasons.

Consistent with the latest trends in hospital construction, the Clatanoff Pavilion does not feel like a typical medical center from the moment you step inside. From the lobby, you can see three stories up, and everything is light and airy. Patients look out of their rooms onto an atrium and beyond to a wooded campus.

The maternity rooms look more like nice hotel suites than hospital facilities. They're spacious, with television and medical equipment housed in cherrywood credenzas. The maternity ward is similar to Greater Baltimore Medical Center's, whose birthing facilities are considered state-of-the-art, except in one respect. At GBMC, patients are moved from the big, comfortable birthing room to more cramped quarters as soon as the baby is born. Here, women remain in the room for the duration of their stay.

All gynecological surgeries now will take place in the comfort of the Pavilion, as will imaging in the areas of infertility, menopause, maternity and breast care.

A "Breast Center" will offer women a complete package of services -- a team composed of a radiologist, pathologist, surgeon, oncologist, nurse and psychologist to help patients deal with every aspect of breast cancer. And a painless diagnostic technique new to Anne Arundel County, the "stereotactic biopsy," means women who find lumps can choose to avoid invasive biopsies, in which cells are extracted surgically or with a needle.

The Clatanoff Pavilion cost $28 million, and it shows. This is an especially nice addition to Anne Arundel County's medical community.

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