Waldo County General Hospital's breast center is now a Breast Center of Excellence
Coastal Maine Center for Breast Health, part of the radiology department at Waldo County General Hospital, is now a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, the highest level of certification by the National Quality Measures for Breast Cancer (NQMBC).
“This is a marker for us; a recognition for the community,” says Dr. Nancy Webb, a radiologist who has specialized in women’s breast health for the past 15 years. “We wanted the community to know that we do quality work.”
Getting that designation was the result of efforts and support by a number of people. First, there was the task force of all those involved with breast health, including surgeons, primary care doctors and oncology staff. That formed four years ago. The goal was to coordinate efforts and to get recognition for the quality work that was taking place.
The group wanted to compare its efforts with those of similar sized hospitals and NQMBC seemed the way to do that based on its mission “to empower breast centers of all types and sizes with the ability to measure and improve quality of care provided to breast center patients.” They do that by identifying quality care measures, providing immediate access to information and allowing breast centers to compare their performance with other centers across the United States.
Other members of the team include Kim Lenfestey, LMSW, the Breast Care Navigator, Danielle Wight, RTR (M), the radiology team leader for mammography, Radiologists Dr. Gregory Grotz and Dr. Tom Jones, the general surgeons and the oncology department. Hooper says they have also been fortunate to have the support of the administration to work toward becoming a Center of Excellence.
“I’m proud to have this certification,” says Hooper. “It reinforces that we provide a community service and gives us good accountability.”