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WMCs Breast Health Program earns national recognition


Williamson Medical Center’s team of physicians, nurses, and professional staff gathered to receive two prestigious national accreditation awards for the hospital’s Breast Imaging Center. Submitted

Williamson Medical Center recently garnered two prestigious national accreditations. 

 WMC’s Breast Imaging Center was recently designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. The Breast Health Center was recently accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is a subsidiary of the American College of Surgeons. 
“These accreditations are a testament to the level of excellence we provide here every day,” said Lori Orme, R.N., WMC’s Chief Nursing Officer. 
“Our focus is always on giving the best patient care possible and these accolades show that our breast health team puts these words into action on a daily basis.”
 By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. 
Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians, who are experts in their field, have determined that WMC’s Breast Imaging Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs. 
“This accreditation means we have attained the highest level of quality,” said Director of Radiology Sharon Cooke. “This is an accreditation that centers strive for because it attests we have reached the highest level of care for our patients and our market.
Patients can come here knowing we have reached that pinnacle of success.”
Williamson Medical Center Chief Operating Officer Julie Miller said these 
accreditations are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the members of our breast health team.  
“We already knew our breast health services ranging from imaging to surgery and recovery, are among the best in the country, but these accreditations reiterate to the public and our patients that we are providing breast health care that is among the best you will find anywhere, not just in Middle Tennessee.” 
Not only did WMC’s Breast Health Center earn the prestigious NAPBC accreditation, the physician conducting the survey, James Daniel, M.D., whose background is in surgical oncology, made these comments. 
He repeatedly made comparisons between WMC’s Breast Health Center and the level of excellence he has seen at academic hospitals such as Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.  
“It is always a joy to see excellence and today I saw excellence,” Daniel said.  
The objectives of the NAPBC are to develop a consensus of criteria for breast centers and a survey process to monitor compliance, strengthen the scientific basis for improving quality care and to reduce the morbidity and mortality of breast cancer by improving screening mammography and advocating for increased access to and participation in clinical trials.  
Daniel also had words of praise for Cary Ralph, R.N., the center’s certified breast health navigator. 
Ralph said that achieving this accreditation shows WMC’s commitment to providing superior breast care in Williamson County.  
“Our team coordinates the best breast cancer treatment options available while keeping our minds on the individual patient,” Ralph said. 
“The NAPBC promotes a holistic approach to treatment for patients diagnosed with diseases of the breast, and provides a framework for a continuum of care that meets the needs of the whole person and not just the disease.
The people that come to Williamson Medical Center are not only patients but our neighbors, family and friends, and we want to ensure that they receive the best of care. This accreditation helps us to ensure our continued commitment.” 
NAPBC accreditation is granted only to centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and is able to comply with established NAPBC standards, according to the NAPBC web site. 
Each center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the NAPBC standards. 
To maintain accreditation, centers must undergo an on-site review every three years. 

Posted on: 10/3/2013


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