Expanded health care is coming to Calistoga, including advanced technology in women’s breast health, an official said.

The Vermeil Clinic, which is now operated by Adventist Health St. Helena (and affiliated with the hospital previously called St. Helena Hospital), is expanding its health care services and specialty care, said Jill Kinney, spokesperson.

Mark Gardner, a cardiologist, started Jan.18, and Corey Warner, an internal medicine specialist will start around March 1, Kinney said. Jeanette Williams, the doctor who has been practicing at the clinic, is starting her own practice down the street, and remained on staff at Vermeil Clinic until Feb. 1.

Over the past year, Adventist Health St. Helena and OLE Health have been discussing options of how to provide team‐based care to more residents of Calistoga at the clinic located at 913 Washington St., but due to some regulatory issues that partnership wasn’t possible, Kinney said.

Sometime in the spring or summer, Calistoga women will not have to travel out of town to get a mammogram. Vermeil Clinic will be one of two locations in Napa County to offer this 3D mammography outpatient breast health imaging center. Otherwise known as Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, it is considered the latest breakthrough in mammography technology. This advanced technology results in a 29 percent increase in detection of all breast cancers and a 41 percent increase in detection of invasive breast cancers, the clinic said in a statement.

Adventist Health St. Helena’s 2017 Together Gala was a benefit to support this project, raising nearly $2.4 million.

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The Weekly Calistogan Editor