DCMH Designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

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Published on August 02, 2013

DCMH Designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology 

Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, Pa., has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE), the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in all of the College’s voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program. DCMH is fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.  DCMH is the second Crozer-Keystone hospital to earn this honor. Crozer-Chester Medical Center earned it in 2007.

“This accreditation affirms that we are a full-care facility dedicated to serving all of our patients’ breast health needs – from routine screening and diagnostic mammography to biopsy to treatment,” says DCMH Breast Imaging Specialist Helen Leibowitz, M.D. “Patients can come to us and feel confident knowing that they will have the highest level of care.”

Each year, the Woman’s DiagnosticCenter at DCMH performs over 10,000 breast procedures related to the detection and treatment of breast disease and breast cancer. 

Elizabeth Robinson, director of Diagnostic Imaging at DCMH, says that becoming a BICOE shows that the hospital has gone “above and beyond” to meet high practice standards in all aspects of care. This includes meeting stringent requirements for the hospital’s facilities, equipment, and imaging services, as well as fulfilling established criteria for the education and training of the hospital’s physicians, technologists and physicist.  

In order to achieve the prestigious BICOE designation, DCMH underwent a rigorous evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Achieving accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy – which uses a special mammography machine to obtain cells for examination – was the final step in this process.

“As a full-care facility, we have been performing these procedures for some time,” Leibowitz says, noting that this was one of the voluntary accreditations DCMH pursued in order to achieve the BICOE designation. Stereotactic breast biopsy is often the final step in diagnosing a breast abnormality. For patients, being able to have this procedure done in a familiar setting often eases the anxiety and supports a reassuring continuum of care.

Patients at DCMH who are diagnosed with breast cancer have access to state-of-the-art radiation therapy services and medical oncology services as well as a dedicated breast surgeon through the hospital’s Center for Breast Health. Also, through its partnership with FoxChaseCancerCenter, DCMH has access to cancer treatment and prevention clinical trials.

To support the best possible care for patients, Alicia McCann, R.N., a dedicated breast health navigator, is available to provide education, support and resources for patients.

DCMH is certified by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers) and is accredited by the AmericanCollege of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC). It was also the first hospital in Pennsylvania ― and fifth in the nation ― to receive disease-specific certification for breast cancer care by The Joint Commission. This shows 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.

The Woman’s DiagnosticCenter at Delaware County Memorial Hospital is located on the lower level of the MedicalOfficeBuilding at 501 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill, Pa. To schedule an appointment for a mammogram during normal business hours, call (610) 284-8985; or to schedule a mammogram appointment 24/7, call 1-866-5-CK-XRAY (1-866-525-9729). To learn more about Delaware County Memorial Hospital or the Crozer-Keystone Health System, visit www.crozerkeystone.org or call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258).

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