Lake Health's Breast Center has been granted a full three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. Lake Health has received this accreditation since 2011. It is renewed every 3 years after an on-site survey.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.
"As the only accredited breast center in Lake County, women in Lake County and surrounding communities can rest assured that they are getting the highest level of breast care available," said Cynthia Moore-Hardy, FACHE, president and CEO of Lake Health. "Our multidisciplinary team offers a patient- and family-centered approach to the management of breast cancer and breast health and is committed to meeting the diverse needs of our patients and their families."
Lake Health's Breast Center offers comprehensive services and advanced treatments for breast patients including mammography at several sites, including digital mammography at TriPoint Medical Center, West Medical Center, and the Mentor Campus; minimally invasive core breast biopsies with stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI guidance; breast ultrasound; breast MRI; weekly multidisciplinary breast conferences; breast health navigators that are available to coordinate services and guide patients and families through the health care system; and a monthly breast cancer support group. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy, including Mammosite, are offered through the Lake Health/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.
According to The American Cancer Society (ACS) the chance of a woman having breast cancer some time during her life is a little less than 1 in 8. The good news though is fewer women are dying from breast cancer due to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.
Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited breast center ensures that a patient will have access to:
• Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
• A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
• Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
• Quality breast care close to home
For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their website at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.
About the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
Breast Health Coordinators
Lake Health offers breast health coordinators, someone who helps patients understand the difficult decisions related to breast treatment and help them navigate their health care experience. They offer assistance and emotional support to patients undergoing biopsies; newly diagnosed patients; and patients currently undergoing cancer treatments, such as surgery, reconstruction, chemotherapy and radiation. Teaming up with the patient's primary care physician, gynecologist, radiologist, surgeon, oncologist, radiation oncologist and plastic and reconstructive surgeon, breast health coordinators becomes a patient's advocate and acts as a liaison between the patient and physicians. They provide patients with a personal contact for support, information and guidance throughout their ordeal.
Meet our Breast Health Coordinators
Kim Mamrack, RN, is a Lake Health's breast health coordinator. She works with patients with breast health concerns and with breast cancer patients at all Lake Health facilities. She earned her nursing degree from St. Vincent Charity School of Nursing and earned her certification as a breast health navigator from EduCARE. Kim can be reached at 440-205-5738 or via email at email@example.com.
Melissa Loop, RN, CN-BN, is a breast health coordinator at Lake Health. She connects with patients at all Lake Health facilities, and earned her ADN degree from Lakeland Community College and a BS degree from Louisiana State University. Melissa is a NCBC Certified Breast Navigator. She can be reached at 440-375-8121 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.