Women’s Health

Mills-Peninsula Upgrades to 3D Mammography

TomoThanks to generous support from donors, the Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center has replaced all digital mammography units with digital breast tomosynthesis, providing 3D mammography for breast cancer screenings at no extra cost to patients.

“Digital breast tomosynthesis allows cross sectional views of breast tissue that can uncover tumors that would not be visible on standard mammograms,” says  Harriet Borofsky, M.D., medical director of imaging at Mills-Peninsula’s Women’s Center. In fact, a large study from Norway published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology in January 2013, shows that digital breast tomosynthesis improved the overall cancer detection rate by 27 percent and increased the detection of invasive breast cancer by up to 40 percent.

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Safeway Foundation Awards $25k to Breast Cancer Program for the Underserved

Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center has been awarded $25,000 by the Safeway Foundation to extend breast cancer care services to medically underserved women in San Mateo County. This is the seventh grant that Safeway has made to Mills-Peninsula’s Women’s Health Center, for a total of $140,000 since 2008.

The Mills-Peninsula Breast Cancer Program for Underserved Women fills the urgent need in San Mateo County for high-quality breast cancer screening and diagnostic services for women who would otherwise not have access to resources that can ensure that their cancer is detected and treated as early as possible. 

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Aging Expert & Author from Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute to Keynote Mills-Peninsula Luncheon, Lecture

Michael Roizen, M.D., chair of the Wellness Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and a New York Times best selling author, will be the keynote speaker for the Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation’s  11th Annual Women’s Luncheon & Lecture  April 30, 2012 in Burlingame.

Dr. Roizen will talk about “Extending Your Warranty: A Happier, Healthier YOU.”  An anesthesiologist and internist, he has co-founded 12 companies and co-authored the YOU series, with Mehmet Oz, M.D., including “Staying Young: the Owner’s Manual to Extending Your Warranty.”

  • Natural ways to lower blood pressure
  • Anti-aging agents for men and women over 50
  • Ways to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol without drugs
  • How to increase energy, alertness and vitality
  • How to prevent or stop the progression of arthritis and osteoporosis
  • Secrets to success in weight loss, and
  • How to manage stress in all aspects of life.

The 2012 Women’s Luncheon & Lecture is expected to draw more than 800 attendees. Proceeds will benefit Mills-Peninsula’s Women’s Health Center and the expansion of the Breast Health Program.

Last year’s program raised more than $300,000, which funded new equipment, nursing education and other services in the Women’s Health Center, including free mammograms and continuing care for the uninsured and underserved women in the community.

The luncheon program will also include a fundraising raffle. Individual seats are $150; sponsorships and tables are also available. Register online.

Media Contact

During his Bay Area visit, Dr. Roizen will have some availability for media interviews. If you are interested in talking with him, please contact Karen Malekos-Smith at 650-696-5908 or

Safeway Donates $20K to Mills-Peninsula’s Community Breast Health Program

Pictured left to right: Gerry Schwinges, Burlingame Safeway store manager, Christy Duncan-Anderson, executive director of the Safeway Foundation, Harriet Borofsky, M.D., medical director of breast imaging at Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center, Larree Renda, chair of the Safeway Foundation, Gloria Brown, chair of the African-American Community Health Advisory Committee, Karl Schroeder, president of Safeway’s NorCal Division

Burlingame, California — To mark the grand opening of their new Burlingame, Safeway donated $20,000 to Mills-Peninsula’s Community Breast Program, which provides free mammograms, diagnostic testing and educational services for underserved women in the area.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, Harriet Borofsky, M.D., medical director of breast imaging at the Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center, was presented with a check at the store’s grand opening. Also present at the event were Terry Nagel, Mayor of Burlingame, and Karl Schroeder, president of Safeway’s NorCal division. Read More

Mills-Peninsula First in Area to Earn Breast MRI Accreditation

The Breast Program at the Mills-Peninsula Women’s Center has received a three-year breast MRI program accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR), reports Dorothy Goekler, Mills-Peninsula’s operations manager for imaging.

Mills-Peninsula is currently one of only 13 facilities in California accredited by ACR in breast MRI and the only location on the Peninsula.

ACR accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR practice guidelines and technical standards after a peer review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. Read More