Northwest Indiana hospital gets multiple accreditation

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Seal of approval: The Women's Diagnostic Center at Community Hospital in Munster was recently designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. | Supplied photo

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Continuing to provide the highest quality, safest treatment experience for women in need of cancer care, the Women’s Diagnostic Center of Community Hospital has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. This certification from the American College of Radiology (ACR) recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“We care deeply about the patients who entrust themselves to us for care,” said Mary Nicholson, M.D., fellowship-trained, dedicated breast radiologist at Community Hospital and regional director of breast imaging services for Community Healthcare System.

“A diagnosis of breast cancer remains one of women’s greatest fears. We’re working to help the women who visit us feel the importance and love that we feel for them. We try to provide care for others as we would want to be cared for. Each patient matters greatly to us, and we try to show that to each one,” Nicholson said.

Community Hospital’s Women’s Diagnostic Center offers same-day results of high-quality screening and diagnostic services to help detect breast cancer at its earliest stages. Staff members include a team of highly trained, licensed technologists, certified breast health navigators and dedicated breast radiologists who perform the highest standards of diagnostic breast care and treatment.

Earlier this year, HealthGrades named Community Hospital among the top 5 percent in the nation for women’s health. This marks the fourth consecutive year Community Hospital has been named among the top-performing hospitals in the country for quality outcomes with female patients. It is the only hospital with this HealthGrades designation in Northwest Indiana.

“Accreditation by the American College of Radiology serves as an acknowledgement that our care measures up to the nation’s top quality standards,” said Don Fesko, CEO of Community Hospital.

“For our patients, it helps foster peace of mind and trust in treatment.”

Earning the cred

In order to earn accreditation, peer-review evaluations are conducted in each cancer care area by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Areas that the ACR takes into consideration for high practice standards include image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health-care services.

For more information about specialized women’s care and the programs and services offered by Community Hospital in Munster, visit www.comhs.org.

Provided by Community Healthcare System