January 10, 2012
LAFAYETTE, La. – The Elaine M. Junca Women’s Imaging Centre, an affiliate of Women’s & Children’s Hospital, recently received national certification for quality patient outcomes.
The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program, a quality initiative of the National Consortium of Breast Centers Inc., awarded national certification to the Women’s Imaging Centre for its commitment to providing the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the Acadiana communities it serves.
“This certification places the Women’s Imaging Centre among the elite breast imaging centers in the nation,” said Mary Reed, Women’s Imaging Centre Director. “More than 1,000 participating breast imaging centers submit quality outcomes data focused on 30 separate parameters. To receive certification is indeed a great honor.”
Measuring and comparing quality performance is essential in assessing patient care and allocating resources where improvement is desired. In today’s dynamic healthcare industry, breast centers are faced with providing quality care while simultaneously keeping costs under control.
A center’s staff must not only be familiar with existing standards of care, but must also be aware of new advances in technology. The Elaine M. Junca Women’s Imaging Centre has taken a major step to ensure they provide the best possible quality care to breast patients in the communities it serves.
The National Consortium of Breast Centers promotes excellence in breast healthcare for the general public through a network of diverse professionals dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources. It serves as an informational resource and provides support services to those rendering care to people with breast diseases through educational programs, newsletters, a national directory and patient forums.
It encourages professionals to concentrate and specialize in activities related to breast disease and encourages the development of programs and centers that address breast disease and promote breast health. 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 healthcare programs for quality performance in all types of breast healthcare facilities.