Hospital's breast program named Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence
[May 03 2013] -
The Hospital of Central Connecticut's comprehensive breast program recently became the first such program in Connecticut to be recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast CentersTM (NQMBC) Program.
This distinction signifies the hospital's commitment to providing the highest level of quality health care to patients in its community.
"Today the management of breast cancer is quite complex. This award recognizes outstanding performance and coordination of our breast cancer team," says Barbara Fallon, M.D., FACP, medical director of the hospital's comprehensive breast program.
Certification, effective through April 2014, acknowledges the program having achieved 25th percentile or higher in 90 percent of 36 quality indicators every six months for the past year. These quality indicators ensure patient-centered, high quality services throughout the continuum of breast care, from radiology to radiation therapy, medical oncology, surgery and program support services, says Donna Boehm, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., Oncology program development manager.
Boehm credits an interdisciplinary team of staff members and physicians whose combined efforts culminated in certification achievement. "Through that we were able to elevate the quality of services," she says. The team comprises hospital and medical staff from Radiology, Surgery, Pathology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Nursing, genetic counseling and testing, and rehabilitation services.
The hospital is now listed on NQMCB Program's website as one of 40 Certified Quality Breast Centers of ExcellenceTM.
This certification follows the hospital program being named last year as a Certified Quality Breast Center by the NQMBC Program. HOCC was the only hospital in the state to achieve such acknowledgement.
The hospital's comprehensive breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It includes a breast nurse navigator and weekly breast conference meetings. A nurse navigator guides patients through the healthcare system from diagnosis through treatment. Among the program's educational initiatives are survivorship workshops and manuals for patients with breast cancer. For program information, please contact Nurse Navigator Bethany Carr, APRN-BC, M.S.N., CBPN-IC, at 860-827-0525 option 4 or visit http://www.thocc.org/services/breast/nurse.aspx.
The NQMBC Program is a quality initiative of the National Consortium of Breast centers, Inc., which focuses on excellence in breast health care for the public by supporting healthcare practitioners through educational programs, newsletters, a national directory and patient forums. It also furthers collaborative research on breast health issues and has set measures for quality standards in breast healthcare programs and for quality performance in breast healthcare facilities.