Abdu Breast Care Center Receives 2015 Women’s Choice Award as an America’s Best Breast Center

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Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center honored for providing exceptional patient care and treatment

Women know what they want and need, and that was our guiding principle in building this unique center. So, it is gratifying for us to have women recognize and acknowledge the incomparable service we deliver.

Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, Mercy Health Youngstown, earns the 2015 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers, acknowledging its dedication to providing exceptional patient care and treatment for a second consecutive year. Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer among American women according to the American Cancer Society, and one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime.

By carrying the evidence-based designation of the Women’s Choice Award seal, Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center has signified its commitment to a global mission to elevate the patient experience for women and all patients as one of more than 315 America’s Best Breast Centers.

“Every 2 minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer, and she needs to know which breast centers she can trust to navigate this uncertain path,” says Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified, home of the Women’s Choice Award. “Breast care is extremely vital to women’s health and we want them to know that the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center has met the highest standards in caring for the needs of their female patients. The Women’s Choice Award is the only program that identifies the nation’s best in healthcare based on patient satisfaction, clinical excellence and what women really want when it comes to treatment and a quality medical experience.”

The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center earned the award by having met the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) standards from the American College of Surgeons. The NAPBC is a consortium of national, professional organizations focused on breast health and dedicated to the improvement of quality care and outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast through evidence-based standards and patient and professional education.

As one of America’s Best Breast Centers, the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center also carries the Seal of the American College of Radiologists as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and scored above-average on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services patient satisfaction measures.

“Last year, we were thrilled that the nation's premier women's marketing, evaluation and referral service selected the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center to be the Valley’s first and only recipient of the Women's Choice Award. Being honored as one of America’s Best Breast Centers for the second consecutive year reaffirms our commitment to provide not only the best care available anywhere, but our determination to provide that care with understanding and compassion,” said Don Koenig, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mercy Health Youngstown. “Women know what they want and need, and that was our guiding principle in building this unique center. So, it is gratifying for us to have women recognize and acknowledge the incomparable service we deliver.”

“I think it is fantastic,” says Dr. Rashid Abdu. “It takes years for most centers to be accredited – we were accredited in only one year. Now we’re receiving all of these awards – it shows that we’re doing what we set out to do. And, that is to have a center totally dedicated to women, providing whatever they need so they don’t have to go to out of town. I wish Joanie was alive to see it.”

Dr. Abdu was the driving force behind development of the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center, inspired by his wife, Joanie, who died of breast cancer in 1994. His goal was to provide the best care available to every woman regardless of her ability to pay, and to expedite the diagnostic process and minimize the anxiety associated with waiting for results.

The Women’s Choice Award helps women and their families by providing recommendations they can trust and use when making healthcare choices.

“We have found that recommendations are the single most important consideration used by women in selecting a hospital or care center,” added Passi. “By letting women know which breast centers in their area are among America’s best, we are able to reduce risk by helping them make better decisions and smarter healthcare choices.”

As the collective voice of female consumers, the Women’s Choice Award provides women with recommendations from other women that they can rely upon. The full list of awarded breast centers is available at http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/breast-centers/ Learn more about the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center by visiting its Women’s Choice profile: http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hosp/featured/joanie-abdu/.

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ABOUT MERCY HEALTH YOUNGSTOWN
Mercy Health Youngstown, formerly Humility of Mary Health Partners, is an integrated health system in the Mahoning Valley, which encompasses the Youngstown/Warren metropolitan area – Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio. It is part of Mercy Health, which is headquartered in Cincinnati and is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. Mercy Health Youngstown provides a full spectrum of health care services – acute inpatient and trauma, outpatient and ambulatory, rehabilitation, behavioral, emergency and urgent care, primary care physicians in patient-centered medical homes, specialist physician care, home health, home medical equipment, long-term care and hospice care, as well as Mercy Health Foundation. Learn more at http://www.mercy.com/Youngstown.

ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD
The Women’s Choice Award sets the standard for helping women to make smarter choices for themselves and their families. The company and its awards identify the brands, products and services that are most recommended and trusted by women. The Women’s Choice Award is the only evidence-based quality designation that drives consumer and patient appreciation through education, empowerment and validation. Additionally, they recognize those that deliver a recommendation-worthy customer experience. Visit http://www.WomensChoiceAward.com to learn more.

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