Longtime Breast Center Director Retires

When Terry Bucknall joined Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital as an X-ray technologist 37 years ago, she never imagined she’d have a hand in creating an invaluable service for the community and making a difference in people’s lives. 

Yet that’s what happened when she became Director of Women’s Imaging Services at the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center. Bucknall’s arrival coincided with the center’s opening in 2002. Under her leadership, the Sheila R. Veloz Breast Center earned its designation as a center of excellence; after 16 years at the helm, she retired in February.

Looking back on her work, she’s proud of the center’s compassionate and excellent care; advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies to detect breast cancer; and her caring and talented team, including breast health navigators, who guide breast cancer patients from initial diagnosis through treatment and recovery. 

“The greatest compliment is when patients tell me, ‘You saved my life!’ We have improved the standard of care,” she said, adding that the center has saved lives by detecting more than 1,300 breast cancers since it opened.

The Valencia resident’s retirement plans include traveling with Bud, her husband of 40 years, and remaining involved in healthcare through her affiliations with the National Consortium of Breast Centers and American Healthcare Radiology Administrators. IYH