UCLA Health System has renamed the Women’s Imaging Center on its Santa Monica campus the Barbara Kort Women’s Imaging Center in recognition of a donation made by the Barbara and Fred Kort Foundation.

Hospital executives publicly thanked Barbara Kort for her generosity last month during a ceremony attended by Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce President Laurel Rosen and Mayor Richard Bloom, who presented a proclamation on behalf of the city.

“I am honored to make this donation to UCLA. As a breast cancer survivor, I have experienced how vital it is to receive care in a setting that’s warm, calm and peaceful,” said Kort. “Because the Barbara Kort Women’s Imaging Center provides state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable, spa-like environment designed exclusively for women, the healing process is greatly enhanced.”

The foundation’s gift will enable the center to offer improved and expanded services and technologies and continue providing exceptional patient care, hospital officials say.

The center now will be able to offer digital three-dimensional mammography called tomosynthesis, which permits physicians to look through the breast tissue one layer at a time. This cutting-edge technology increases the number of cancers detected and lessens the need for women to be called back for additional testing after their initial screening exam, according to the imaging center.

“We are very thankful for The Kort Foundation’s generous gift, which will allow our center to accommodate more patients with excellent care well into the future,” said Dr. Anne Hoyt, director of the Barbara Kort Women’s Imaging Center. “We also are honored by the donation that not only acknowledges the overall excellence of our center, but also recognizes the work of our compassionate, highly-skilled staff.”

The Kort Foundation also made a philanthropic gift to support Dr. Helena Chang’s breast-cancer research to develop a biomarker-based predicting model to better identify drug-resistant breast cancers.