Waldo County General Hospital's Coastal Maine Center for Breast Health has recently been recognized as a Certified Participant of the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC). This honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in their community.

Measuring and comparing quality performance is essential in assessing patient care and allocating resources where improvement is desired. In today's dynamic health care industry, breast centers must provide quality care while simultaneously keeping costs under control. A center's staff must not only be familiar with existing standards of care, but also be aware of new advances in technology.

"We are proud of our multidisciplinary team of clinicians and technologists, who are dedicated to providing quality individualized patient care in a small community setting. We are fortunate to have Kim Lenfestey, our breast patient navigator, to help patients and their clinicians coordinate appointments and referrals." said Dr. Nancy Webb.

Waldo County General Hospital Coastal Maine Center for Breast Health will continue in its commitment to provide the highest quality care to its patients and begins the process to become a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence.

The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers were developed by referencing the Health Care Advisory Board's Clinical Quality Dash Board for breast centers published in the fall of 2004. The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers reflect more than five years of work, which has culminated in the adoption of more than 33 National Quality Indicators.

The National Consortium of Breast Centers promotes excellence in breast health care for the general public through a network of diverse professionals dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources. It facilitates collaborative research opportunities on issues of breast health; and developed a set of core measures to define, improve and sustain quality standards in breast health care programs and for quality performance in all types of breast health care facilities.

For more information regarding the NQMBC Program, visit www.breastcare.org.