The Breast Cancer Institute

221 Hospital Drive, Suite 6
Tyrone PA 16686
(814) 684- 3101

About Us

The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute is a service of Tyrone Regional Health Network/Tyrone Hospital.  A primary focus of the BCWHI is to provide a wholistic integrated healthcare prevention, detection, and treatment approach that supports patient and family quality outcomes, satisfaction and engagement.

We provide women’s healthcare services through a diverse group of physician specialists and other healthcare professionals who provide a variety of services to support women’s health.

We are also a provider in the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program, giving women age 21 and over who are uninsured or underinsured access to essential women’s health services.

We recognize that each woman is unique and that is the approach we take with each woman’s plan of care. We listen carefully to all of your concerns and answer all of your questions from routine exams, to preventative care, to screening, diagnostics and surgery.

At the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute we believe in empowering women with the knowledge they need to make the right decisions regarding their care.

For exceptional women’s healthcare delivered with personalized attention, look to the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute.

Our Providers

Kennita Burns – Johnson, D.O. , Medical Director
Breast Surgery/General Surgery

Dr. Burns- Johnson is a native of the Philadelphia, PA area. She is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. Her residency training at the East End Health Alliance (Southampton Hospital, Peconic Bay Medical Center and Stony Brook University Hospital) on Long Island in New York, included general surgical care and breast surgery ranging from services provided in a community hospital setting to a level 1 trauma facility. She also has specialized training in laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Dr. Burns – Johnson has been involved in clinical research projects with surgeons at Peconic Bay Medical Center in New York related to hernia repair with mesh and surgical outcomes following cholecystectomy for biliary dyskinesia.

Dr. Burns Johnson’s professional memberships include the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, American Hernia Society and the American Medical Association.

Stephen Schmidt, M.D., FACS, FRCS
Breast Surgery/General Surgery

Dr. Stephen Schmidt, has been a member of the Tyrone Hospital medical staff for more than thirty years.

Dr. Schmidt has been involved in the care of breast cancer patients throughout Blair County and surrounding areas for the past 35 years and is proficient in current diagnostic methods and treatments.

Dr. Schmidt is Board Certified and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow in the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada). He completed his surgical training at New York Medical College at Valhalla, New York and at McGill University, Faculty of Medicine in Montreal, QC Canada.

Kenneth Lee, M.D., FACS

Dr. Lee is well known for his expertise in minimally invasive surgery. He was one of the first gynecologists in the U.S. who pioneered advanced Laparoscopic surgery. He has performed over 1,500 laparoscopic hysterectomies. Almost all hysterectomies he performs are done through laparoscopic or what is know as minimally invasive surgery, avoiding surgery that involves major incisions. Other gynecological procedures he performs are also done using the least invasive surgical techniques.

Kelly Biggs, M.D.
Medical Director, Radiology

Dr. Biggs is a general radiologist with special interest in women’s imaging, including mammography, breast ultrasound, image guided biopsy, pelvis ultrasound, and pelvis MRI.  He is Chairman of the Government Relations Committee, American College of Radiology Breast Cancer Screening Commission, and also serves on the Breast Cancer Screening Communications Committee.

Our Services

Services include:


  • Routine Gynecology Exams
  • Gynecological surgery utilizing minimally invasive techniques.
  • Non-surgical gynecology care
  • Reproductive Healthcare
  • Gynecologic Ultrasound
  • Pelvis Ultrasound
  • Pelvis MRI
  • Bone Densitometry
  • Colon Cancer Screening

Breast Care

  • Screening & Diagnostic Mammograms
  • Radiologist speaks personally with baseline and diagnostic mammogram patients.
  • Breast Imaging Suite.
  • Breast Ultrasound.
  • Cyst Aspirations.
  • Breast Needle Localizations.
  • Stereotactic Breast Biopsy.
  • Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsies.
  • Ultrasound assisted Breast Biopsy.
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsies.
  • Breast Cancer Surgery.
  • Lymphedema services provided by a  Certified Lymphedema Therapist.
  • Second opinions for breast surgery patients.
  • General Surgery

We participate with most major health insurances.

HealthyWoman Program

The Breast Cancer & women’s Health Institute and the Tyrone Rural Health Center are providers in the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s HealthyWoman Program. This gives eligible women in Blair, Clearfield, Centre, Cambria and Huntingdon counties easier access to essential women’s health services.

The HealthyWoman Program, a program of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, is a free breast and cervical cancer early detection program.  The program provides free services for those who meet eligibility requirements. Services include clinical breast examination, mammogram, pelvic examination, Pap smear and follow-up diagnostic tests for an abnormal screening result.

Eligibility for the program can be determined in a matter of minutes. The enrollment process is also easy. It involves a few questions and completion of short application. Women age 21 and over may be eligible for breast screening and diagnostics and for cervical screening and diagnostics. Younger women may be eligible if they have symptoms.  Additionally, a woman must be a resident Pennsylvania, be uninsured or underinsured and have a gross household income that is at or below 250% of the federal poverty annual guideline.


2018 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines at 250 Percent of Poverty  ​ ​
Family Size Gross Monthly Income Annual Income
1 $2530 $ 30,350
2 3430    41,150
3 4,330    51,950
4 5,230   62,750
5 6,130   73,550
6 7,030   84,350
7 7,930   95,150
8 8,830 105,950
Each additional person   900   10,800

While breast cancer screening typically applies to women age 40 and over, younger women who have been assessed by their health care provider to be at high risk for breast cancer may be eligible for breast cancer screening through the HealthyWoman Program.  High risk includes genetic mutations, family history and some other factors.  Women are advised to talk to their health care provider about their breast cancer risk.

Transgender individuals may also be eligible.

Funding for the HealthyWoman Program is provided through a grant the from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Women who wish to inquire about their eligibility for services offered through the HealthyWoman Program can contact the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute and the Tyrone Rural Health Center by calling (814) 684-3101. The offices are located on the Tyrone Regional Health Network campus at 221 Hospital Drive in Tyrone, Pa. Both offices welcome new patients.

Your Breast Health

Early detection of breast cancer improves the chances that breast cancer can be diagnosed at an early stage and treated successfully.

Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year ad should continue to do so as long as they are in good health.

Women in their 20’s and 30’s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional, at least every three years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.

Breast Self Assessment (BSA) is an option for women starting in their 20’s.  Women should be educated about the benefits and limitations of BSA. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.

Learn more about screening mammography. Click the link below.

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Learn More

Learn more about mammography and the important role it plays in the early detection of breast cancer by visiting the Mammography Saves Lives  (MSL) web site using the link below.   The Mammography Saves Lives™ web site is provided by a coalition of the not-for-profit, 501(C)(3) medical associations representing a broad spectrum of breast cancer care experts. The MSL coalition was founded to reduce confusion regarding when and how often women should receive mammograms. This confusion may cause women to not start getting annual mammograms at age 40 and put them at increased risk of dying from breast cancer.

Annual Well Woman Exam

We recommend that women of all ages have an annual well-woman exam with screenings, tests and exams that are appropriate for your age and risk factors.

An annual exam includes preventative care and monitoring to help you stay healthy, as well as care to help with early detection and treatment of any health problems.

Examples of health and wellness items that may be addressed during your well-woman exam include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer Screening– breast, cervical, colon and other
  • Contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Reproductive Healthcare
  • Menstrual Issues
  • Menopausal Issues
  • Vaccinations
  • Health screenings for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis and more.

Call us today to schedule your annual well-woman exam at  (814) 684-3101.

Contact Us:

For a physician appointment at the Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute please call:

(814) 684-3101.

To schedule a mammogram at Tyrone Hospital please call the radiology department at:

(814) 684-6385.