Breast Health Program Accredited By National Breast Program
The breast health program at MidMichigan Medical Center–Midland has received a three-year full re-accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
Accreditation by NAPBC is only given to those breast health programs 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 MidMichigan Breast Health Program, located at MidMichigan’s Center for Women’s Health, demonstrated 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 clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and center leadership and quality improvement. By achieving NAPBC accreditation MidMichigan’s program demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
“There are many individuals whose hard work over a number of years has made this accreditation possible,” said Radiologist Jeffrey Herman, M.D. “Supporting this program are administrators, administrative assistants, a nurse navigator, tumor registry personnel and an entire team of physicians, including surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and primary care doctors.”
In addition to this re-accreditation, the Center for Women’s Health at the Medical Center received recognition of its breast health program’s outstanding quality. Earlier this spring, the Center was designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
Services of MidMichigan’s Breast Health Program
The breast health program at MidMichigan is directed by Breast Surgeon Kelly Wirsing, M.D. The program offers advanced technology and techniques, including image checker, digital mammography, breast MRI, and stereotactic breast biopsy.
The program also includes a process that expedites referrals to breast health physicians and specialists, individual case review and ongoing expertise through multidisciplinary cancer conferences, genetic counseling and testing for hereditary breast cancers. MidMichigan’s Genetic Counseling program is the only genetic counseling program in the region, and is available in Midland and Alma.
In addition, MidMichigan’s breast cancer patient navigator, certified by the National Consortium of Breast Centers, assists patients who have been diagnosed with a variety of breast health issues. Certified breast health nurses help women by answering questions, obtaining orders and referrals for additional procedures as needed, scheduling consultations, providing educational resources and communicating with regional physicians to expedite scheduling of procedures and appointments.
Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services; a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; and, most importantly, quality breast care close to home.
Those interested in learning more about MidMichigan’s breast health program may visit www.midmichigan.org/breast or the NAPBC Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org/resources. For referral to a physician associated with MidMichigan’s breast health program, call MidMichigan Health Line toll-free at (800) 999-3199.