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Published on October 24, 2011

DCMH First in PA to Earn Breast Certification

In Brief

  • Delaware County Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in Pennsylvania ― and fifth in the nation ― to receive disease-specific certification for breast cancer care by The Joint Commission.
  • Certification means that DCMH’s program has met the highest national standards and guidelines known to significantly improve outcomes and satisfaction for patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
  • Aspects of the inpatient/outpatient program include a multidisciplinary team approach, weekly breast panel, free programs for the uninsured/underinsured, plastic and reconstructive surgery, support groups, yoga classes, digital mammography, education, and the Center for Breast Health at DCMH.
  • In addition to certification by The Joint Commission, DCMH is certified by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) and is accredited by the American College of Surgeons for Cancer Care and the ACR (American College of Radiology).

Delaware County Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in Pennsylvania ― and fifth in the nation ― to receive disease-specific certification for breast cancer care by The Joint Commission. This means that DCMH’s program has met the highest national standards and guidelines known to significantly improve outcomes and satisfaction for patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

“Receiving certification is validation of our expertise in treating breast cancer, and recognition of our comprehensive breast health program,” says John Sprandio, M.D., chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology at DCMH and medical director of the Delaware County Regional Cancer Center. “It gives me great pleasure both personally and professionally to be a part of such a groundbreaking initiative. The clinical and administrative staff, and physicians, worked very hard to earn this designation.” 

Sprandio’s oncology medical home factored heavily into the achievement of certification. Currently, his is the only oncology practice in the nation to be certified as a medical home. As a result, his patients are more actively involved in their medical care and generally need fewer doctors’ appointments, visit the ER less, have fewer admissions to the hospital, and have lower complication rates.

Other aspects of DCMH’s comprehensive breast program that contributed toward certification include:

  • Multidisciplinary Team Approach to Care: Breast cancer patients benefit from the skills of experienced radiologists, hematologists/oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, pathologists, a genetic counselor and breast health navigator.
  • Weekly Breast Panel: Each week, the breast team meets for a roundtable discussion to craft the best treatment plan for each newly diagnosed breast cancer patient as well as those seeking a second opinion.
  • Programs for Uninsured/Underinsured Patients: Through Crozer-Keystone Health System’s partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, DCMH is able to offer grant-funded free breast services for the uninsured/underinsured population. CKHS is the only health system in Delaware County that receives grants for this purpose.
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Services
  • Patient Support Group and Yoga Classes
  • Digital Mammography
  • Look Good, Feel Better Program; Community Outreach and Education Programs
  • Center for Breast Health: Located within the hospital on the first floor of the Medical Office Building, the Center for Breast Health offers a range of services for patients with breast cancer, a breast lump or abnormal mammogram, or a family history/risk of breast cancer. Thomas Matulewski, M.D., a general surgeon with specialized training in breast care, serves as medical director of the Center for Breast Health at DCMH.

 “Certification by The Joint Commission clearly demonstrates DCMH’s commitment to full-service, state-of-the-art care for breast cancer patients,” says Marie DeStefano, R.N., M.S.N., FAAMA, administrative director of Oncology for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “It recognizes the entire process — from screening and diagnosis through education, treatment and follow-up care. In addition to all of the inpatient and outpatient programs, our staff receives specialized training in the care of breast patients.”

 “The staff is extraordinary,” Matulewski says. “Everyone from radiation therapy techs to staff in the Women’s Diagnostic Center and the nurses on the floor treat our patients with the utmost kindness and skilled care. Our nurse navigator, Alicia McCann, helps see patients through their care experience every step of the way and is there for her patients whenever they need her — even years later.”

 In addition to certification by The Joint Commission, DCMH is certified by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) and is accredited by the American College of Surgeons for Cancer Care and the ACR (American College of Radiology).

 To learn more about cancer services at DCMH, visit www.dcmhcancer.org or call 1-866-695-HOPE (1-866-695-4673). To learn more about the Center for Breast Health at DCMH or to make an appointment, call (610) 394-1840 or visit www.crozerkeystone.org and click on Breast Health Services.

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