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ValleyCare Partners with HERS Breast Cancer Foundation to Open Boutique

Hospital news | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA – ValleyCare is opening a HERS Breast Cancer Foundation boutique on April 7, 2015, located within the ValleyCare Health Library in Pleasanton.

HERS Program Boutique

This specialty boutique will offer prosthetics, bras and camisoles, and compression garments for those patients with lymphedema. A certified fitter ensures that each woman is given personalized care and is properly fitted. Many insurance plans will pay for all, or a portion, of the garments, so HERS Breast Cancer Foundation will bill insurance directly and help clients receive the maximum benefit.

“We are excited to be opening this boutique, which is a result of our partnership with the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation, a local, non-profit organization whose name stands for Hope, Empowerment, Renewal and Support,” says Denise Estrada, manager of Cancer Services and Patient Resources. The boutique is staffed by HERS Breast Cancer Foundation staff and volunteers, and initially will be open every Tuesday from 10am to 5pm. Appointments will be necessary for garment fittings.

Vera Packard, MD, executive director for the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation and a former breast cancer surgeon, is passionate about helping breast cancer survivors feel whole again. “We currently have these services at Washington Hospital in Fremont and Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, and I am excited that we are expanding and offering this service here in the Tri-Valley,” Packard says. “The HERS acronym says it all. We’re here to Empower these women with Hope, Renewal and Support.”

American Cancer Society Wig Shop

In addition to the HERS Breast Cancer boutique, the American Cancer Society will continue to offer new and already styled wigs at no charge. The ACS Wig Shop is open Monday - Thursday, 10am to 4pm. Trained volunteers and staff assist clients in the selection and fittings of the wigs. Appointments aren’t necessary, but are encouraged. “Since the Library is located just upstairs from the Cancer Center, we are pleased to offer a convenient shopping experience for our cancer patients” adds Estrada.

Health Library

The ValleyCare Health Library also continues to provide the many services it always has such as: a certified cancer patient nurse navigator; comprehensive medical databases; literature on a wide array of medical and health topics; support groups; various items to check-out for use in classrooms; knowledgeable volunteers and a comfortable environment.

The HERS Breast Cancer Foundation boutique is located within the ValleyCare Health Library, 5725 W. Las Positas Blvd, suite 270 in Pleasanton. Please call 925-734-3315 for appointments.

ValleyCare Health System has provided high quality, not-for-profit health care to the Tri-Valley and surrounding communities since 1961. Through highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff, and state-of-the art technology, ValleyCare offers a wide range of health care services at its Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin medical facilities. ValleyCare in not publicly owned or operated, nor is it supported by taxes. ValleyCare reinvests any profits it makes into new services, equipment, and facilities. ValleyCare’s mission is to assume the leadership role for the health of the communities of the Tri-Valley. Visit www.valleycare.com.