“We hold ourselves to higher standards to ensure that the patient receives the very best breast care possible,” said Micah Brown, Certified Breast Nurse Navigator at North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Center.
Roswell, GA (PRWEB) June 12, 2013
Fewer than 50 breast care centers in the nation are certified by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers as Certified Quality Breast Centers of Excellence, and North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Center is proud to have been recently added to that list. Staff members at the center have worked diligently during the last six months to improve the quality of care at the center and meet or exceed the national standards for breast care.
“We hold ourselves to higher standards to ensure that the patient receives the very best breast care possible,” said Micah Brown, Certified Breast Nurse Navigator at North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Center. “On average, we see 25 to 30 women for mammograms every day, and we take each of those cases very seriously.”
One of the many standards that are studied during the certification process is the turnaround time between a screening mammogram that indicates the need for further testing and the time when the patient is able to receive a diagnostic mammogram. Early last year, patients waited an average of 12 days to return for the second exam, but now, patients are seen within 2 to 3 days so the patient spends less time worrying and can receive treatment faster.
In addition, turnaround time on test results was examined. North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Center has shortened the time between a test and receipt of test results to 24-48 hours.
“If a patient has an abnormal mammogram,” said Dr. Laura Rivers Pearson, Medical Director of the Breast Center, “We get them back in the office within days and work diligently to get test results quickly so they don’t suffer from unnecessary anxiety. We also work to avoid unnecessary surgeries so that our patients receive the least invasive treatment possible and are back to their full lives more quickly.”
The high quality of care provided at North Fulton Hospital’s Breast Center has another side effect, and one that patients really enjoy. Staff turnover in the center is very low. As a result, many patients repeatedly see the same friendly faces when they return for annual mammograms, and some have been requesting to see the same staff members for as many as 10 years.
The center has also launched a breast care program called Check Up for Chicks to remove the fear from breast care and guide women through all steps of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery from breast cancer. The Check Up for Chicks website, http://www.CheckUpForChicks.com, provides information for women of all ages about breast care, early detection, and treatment.
For more information on the Breast Center, log onto http://www.nfultonhospital.com or call 770-751-2600 for a physician referral.
North Fulton Hospital (NFH), part of Tenet Georgia, is a 202-bed, acute-care hospital located on Highway 9, Alpharetta Highway, in Roswell. Opened in 1983, NFH serves North Fulton and surrounding counties through its team of over 800 employees, 400 staff physicians and 200 volunteers. NFH is a state-designated Level II trauma center and provides a continuum of services through its centers and programs, including neurosciences, women’s health services, orthopedics, rehabilitation, surgical services, gastroenterology and oncology. The hospital is fully accredited and also is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.