ELIZABETH, NJ - Trinitas Regional Medical Center held a dedication ceremony and tour of the opening of its new high-tech Breast Center, the Connie Dwyer Breast Center on Monday evening. The 3.4 million Breast Center will provide the latest in screening, diagnosis, and treatment for women, regardless of financial status.  Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States.

Connie Dwyer a well-known philanthropist, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and had a double mastectomy. Inspired by her own on-going battle, she became mindful of the fact that many women who are uninsured, underinsured and of low-income often have limited or no access to critical care. That’s when she and a dedicated group of friends began a grassroots effort, where she worked tirelessly to create awareness and raise funds.

“My experience is a testament to the fact that early detection, quality care, and being monitored by knowledgeable professionals makes the difference between life and death,” says Dwyer, who after 19 years, was re-diagnosed at Trinitas with metastasized breast cancer in December 2017, and yet, remains steadfast in her determination to help others.

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Grammy Award-winning recording artist Gloria Gaynor performed at the event singing her famous hit, “I Will Survive.”  Her message of hope and inspiration for women as they face breast cancer screening and/or treatment.

Dr. Adriana Suarez-Ligon, Trinitas Breast Surgeon said, “With the generosity of Connie Dwyer, the new breast center at Trinitas will be a beautiful, calming and comprehensive center for women in our community to have everything from their yearly screening mammograms to the latest diagnostic studies. In addition, it will be a one-stop shop where care will be coordinated for the patient among our dedicated, compassionate multidisciplinary care team.”

Local community leaders attended the event. NJ State Senator Joseph Cryan told his story of talking with a friend who was recently diagnosed, while NJ Assembly Woman Annette Quijano and Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage also spoke of how important and life saving the new center will be for so many people. Their comments and Gloria Gaynor's performance can be viewed in the video below.

According to Hospital officials, In partnering with Trinitas, the Connie Dwyer Breast Cancer Foundation has joined a collaborative team of doctors, technicians, patient advocates, and professionals to design a breast center that will provide access to the best science has to offer by way of breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment.

For more information on the Connie Dwyer Breast Center call 908-994-5984 or on Trinitas Regional Medical Center, visit: www.TrinitasRMC.org [trinitasrmc.org] or call 908-994-5138.  

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