Suffern, NY (PRWEB) October 31, 2006
The Women's Health Center at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. has received the highest rating possible from the New York State Department of Health in its annual stereotactic breast biopsy inspection, achieving a perfect 100% score.
To earn this distinction, the program was evaluated and inspected on the basis of both a document review as well as a thorough evaluation of the equipment. The objective of the state's stereotactic breast biopsy inspection program is to support continuous improvement and to promote clinical excellence.
Stereotactic breast biopsy is a safe and minimally invasive form of breast biopsy and an alternative to open or surgical biopsy. It is used to obtain tiny samples from an abnormal breast mass for examination by a pathologist.
In Stereotactic breast biopsy, a sample of suspect breast tissue is precisely located with a computer-guided imaging system and removed with a needle. Two x-ray images of breast tissue are taken at different angles. A computer uses the images to locate the abnormality and calculate precise coordinates. Then the computer guides the physician in placing a needle at the target.
The procedure is completed on an outpatient basis with a minimum of discomfort and recovery time.
The hospital's stereotactic breast biopsy services are under the direction of the Department of Radiology. The program also recently achieved a perfect 100% rating from the United States FDA in its annual Mammography Quality Standards Act inspection.
Michael Schnieders, Executive Vice President and Administrator at Good Samaritan Hospital commented, "Good Samaritan Hospital is justifiably proud of its Department of Radiology, which works hand-in-hand with our Women's Health Center to provide both screening and diagnostic breast services to the women of our service area. This inspection and the perfect score achieved further validate our belief that we are providing the very best care available to our community."
Good Samaritan Hospital is a member of Bon Secours Health System, Inc., one of the nation's leading Catholic healthcare systems. It is also part of the regional Bon Secours Charity Health System, which includes St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, New York. Additionally, Bon Secours Charity Health System provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility and several other medical programs. For more information about The Women's Health Center or the Radiology Department at Good Samaritan Hospital, visit their website at http://www.GoodSamHosp.org, or contact Good Samaritan Hospital at 845-368-5000.