From left: Craig Swafford, MD; Linda Blevins; Edie Shaver, Mammography Technologist; Lebron Lackey, MD

“Rhea Medical takes care of patients as if they were family.”

–Linda Belvins

After almost four decades of service, Linda Belvins believes more than ever in Rhea Medical Center.

It was supposed to be just a normal mammogram for Linda Blevins (center left). “I had no idea something might be wrong,” says Linda, who worked at Rhea Medical Center for 38 years in a variety of positions, including Nursing Supervisor, before retiring three years ago.

After the mammogram, Dr. Lebron Lackey, a board-certified radiologist, told Linda they needed a follow-up ultrasound. The results were inconclusive. Afterwards, it was determined that a biopsy would be necessary, so a few days later Linda had a stereotactic biopsy performed at Rhea Medical Center by Dr. Craig Swafford, a board-certified general surgeon.

The results revealed that Linda had breast cancer. Forty-five minutes later, Linda had a lumpectomy performed, followed by a mastectomy at a later date.

Today Linda is cancer-free! And when she has her mammogram done, she knows she’s in good hands. That’s because Rhea Medical Center now offers Digital Mammography, an advanced technology. “Whether it’s physical therapy or having a bone density test to check for osteoporosis, if Rhea Medical Center offers a medical service, I’m going to use it,” says Linda. “That’s because it’s going to be as good or better than any other hospital, and it’s so much more convenient.”

“I’m a retired nurse from the hospital, so I’ve seen up close the good care that Rhea Medical Center provides to all its
patients,” says Linda. “I really believe that we take care of our patients as if they were family.”