Whitefish hospital launches effort for 3-D technology

May 29, 2017 GMT

In an effort to get the whole picture when screening for breast cancer, North Valley Hospital is pulling together a team to find ways to afford a roughly 500,000 by fall so that the equipment can be up and running by the end of the year.

He said he believes fundraising is strengthened by having a diverse group of people working together, like doctors, nonprofit staff and community members passionate about the project.

Satterlee said the team working to secure the equipment in Whitefish is particularly unique because it includes doctors from outside of North Valley Hospital.


Dr. Melissa Hulvat of the Bass Breast Center at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and Dr. Amanda Beer of Northwest Imaging in Kalispell are part of the team leading the effort.

“With this technology, I can save more lives from breast cancer while also reducing anxiety by bringing back fewer women for unnecessary extra tests,” Beer said.

Volunteers will begin meeting to brainstorm ideas this week, May 31 and will continue to meet every two weeks throughout the summer.

Satterlee said the foundation will work with each volunteer to find a focus that they’re excited about.

For more information, call Pam Ellis, North Valley Hospital Foundation Executive Assistant, at 406-863-3630 or Satterlee, North Valley Hospital Foundation Executive Director, at 406-863-3560 or email foundation@nvhosp.org.

Reporter Katheryn Houghton may be reached at 758-4436 or by email at khoughton@dailyinterlake.com.