American College of Surgeons Program Recognizes Hospital
for Quality Breast Care
Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
“Our accreditation is recognition that St. Joseph Mercy Oakland offers a comprehensive, full service breast care program that demonstrates the highest quality clinical care,” says Jack Weiner, SJMO President and CEO. “We offer state-of-the-art breast care services and equipment, with a multidisciplinary approach to coordinate the best available treatment options, including access to more than 150 cancer clinical trials, so patients do not need to leave home to receive cutting-edge care. Our patients can expect timely, efficient, compassionate care through the entire spectrum of care, from physical examination and treatment to follow-up and survivorship.”
“We are very proud to be one of the first organizations in the state to achieve this prestigious accreditation,” states Judie Goodman, DO, Medical Director, Oncology Services and Cancer Committee Chairwoman. “National experts now encourage patients to have their mammograms and other breast services performed at accredited programs that have documented outcomes that meet or exceed national benchmarks.”
SJMO’s breast services include screening, diagnosis, treatment, continuing care and support services. SJMO’s dedicated breast surgeon serves as the Breast Services director, and a nurse navigator is available to assist patients through the treatment process and aid patients and family members with their unique needs. The hospital’s Breast Imaging Center was one of the first in Michigan recognized by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.
The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be an estimated 192,370 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2009. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.
Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:
For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit its Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.
For information about breast care services at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, call 248-858-3456.
About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County. Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide. A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.
For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit www.stjoesoakland.org.
About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians.
A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.
For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.sjmercyhealth.org.
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