Breast Health

Breast Health Services in Clearwater, Florida

  • Breast cancer awareness

The Comprehensive Breast Program at Morton Plant Hospital is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation is one that has demonstrated a firm commitment to offering its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. Morton Plant Hospital is proud to be the first hospital in the Tampa Bay area to receive this accreditation.

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Axelrod Pavilion

In a continuing effort to provide advanced medical technology and expanded cancer diagnostic and care services, the new, 103,500 square-foot, four-story Axelrod Pavilion is now open at Morton Plant Hospital. The Axelrod Pavilion is named for Shirley and Harvey Axelrod in recognition of Mrs. Axelrod's generous support of Morton Plant Mease Foundation.

Axelrod Pavilion is the new home of the following comprehensive services and centers:

  • Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center - provides patient-focused, expedited diagnostic breast imaging while focusing on each woman's physical and emotional needs.
  • Comprehensive Breast Care Center of Tampa Bay – an oncology physician center headed by surgical oncologists Dr. Peter Blumencranz and Dr. Kathleen Allen
  • Carlisle Imaging Center – provides a full range of imaging exams including diagnostic X-ray, MRI, PET/CT, ultrasound, and mammography.
  • Evelyn R. Simmers Oncology Resource Library – the location also offers a social worker navigator to help guide patients and their families through the cancer treatment process.
  • Cancer Patient Support Services (CaPSS) - provides cancer patients and their families access to counselors, support groups and education in effective coping skills.

In 2002, Morton Plant Hospital opened the first Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center, offering the most comprehensive breast health services in the Tampa Bay area. Today, the Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center is still the most comprehensive center in the area and has expanded into five locations throughout North Pinellas and Pasco counties.

Our new facility at Axelrod Pavilion offers a tranquil atmosphere, with upgraded amenities and the best diagnostic equipment available. In addition, our physicians are all board-certified and fellowship trained in breast imaging and our nurses and technologists are all specialists in breast health. Together, they form a team committed to providing the best in compassionate patient care, including delivering the most accurate answers in the shortest possible time. For diagnostic mammograms, a team member will discuss your test results with you before you even leave. Biopsy results are communicated to both you and your physician, usually within 24-48 hours.

For more information about Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center, call (727) 461-8555.

Susan Cheek Needler Breast Center
Axelrod Pavilion
Morton Plant Hospital
400 Pinellas Street, Suite 100
Clearwater, FL  33756
(727) 461-8555

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Comprehensive Breast Care Center of Tampa Bay

The Comprehensive Breast Care Center of Tampa Bay provides coordination of the broad spectrum of breast health services available at Morton Plant Hospital, with the expertise afforded by advanced training and specialization in diseases of the breast. As fellowship-trained breast disease specialists, Dr. Allen and Dr. Blumencranz are committed to offering the most advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques in the Tampa Bay area.

For more information about the Comprehensive Breast Care Center of Tampa Bay, call (727) 462-2131.  

Comprehensive Breast Care Center of Tampa Bay
Axelrod Pavilion
Morton Plant Hospital
400 Pinellas Street, Suite 200
Clearwater, FL  33756
(727) 462-2131