DCMH Center for Breast Health Earns Re-Certification
- Delaware County Memorial Hospital recently received disease-specific re-certification for breast cancer care by The Joint Commission, for the second year in a row.
- DCMH is certified by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) and is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the ACR (American College of Radiology).
Delaware County Memorial Hospital recently received disease-specific re-certification for breast cancer care by The Joint Commission. This means that, for the second year in a row, 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.
“This re-certification proves our dedication and expertise in treating breast cancer, and it recognizes our comprehensive breast health program,” says Thomas Matulewski, M.D., medical director of the Center for Breast Health at DCMH and president of the DCMH Medical Staff. “I am proud to be part of this team of clinical and administrative staff and physicians who have worked hard to, once again, earn this designation.”
Some of the 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. Crozer-Keystone also participates in the Healthy Women Program, a state run program that also assists uninsured women with breast healthcare.
- 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.
“This re-certification by The Joint Commission clearly demonstrates that DCMH is committed to providing the best possible care to our breast cancer patients,” says Marie DeStefano, R.N., M.S.N., FAAMA, administrative director of Oncology for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “From screening and diagnosis through education, treatment and follow-up care, our staff is specially trained so that our patients have access to the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art treatment options available.”
“The hospital’s entire oncology staff works extraordinarily hard,” says John Sprandio, M.D., chief of the Section of Hematology/Oncology at DCMH and medical director of the DelawareCountyRegionalCancerCenter. “From the staff and nurses on the inpatient unit to the radiation therapy techs, our patients are treated with kindness, professionalism and skilled care.”
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 AmericanCollege of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) and the ACR (AmericanCollege of Radiology). Crozer-ChesterMedicalCenter has also been certified for breast cancer care by The Joint Commission, certified by the NAPBC, accredited by the College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC), and has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the AmericanCollege of Radiology.
To find out more about Crozer-Keystone Cancer Services, visit us online 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 our website and click on Breast Health Services.