CHI Health Joins Top 1 Percent in Elite Breast Cancer Care Sites
As of January 2016, just 11 of 8,000 breast centers in the country could tout an elite triple-crown distinction in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Two are CHI Health facilities.
The CHI Health St. Francis Cancer Center in Grand Island joins the Breast Center at CHI Health Lakeside in Omaha as the only Nebraska hospitals recognized as Breast Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC).
Certification by the three national accrediting bodies confirms that Lakeside and St. Francis meet quality standards in imaging, surgery, cancer registry, pathology, radiation and patient satisfaction. That puts St. Francis and Lakeside in the top 1 percent of more than 8,000 breast centers in the United States.
Providing the best possible breast cancer care close to home is a priority for CHI Health surgeon Michael McNamara, MD, and oncologist Ryan Ramaekers, MD, and these accreditations verify it.
“Patients wouldn’t receive better care at any other institution across the country,” Dr. Ramaekers said. “That is what everyone strives for and we have been validated as providing that level of care to our breast cancer patients.”
CHI Health Lakeside, likewise, set a high bar for breast cancer care. “We wanted to show we could shine and excel so that patients realize that they don’t have to go anywhere else,” said Dr. McNamara, a general and breast surgery specialist at Lakeside. “These accreditations show that we have a superb program in our community. It’s important to us as CHI Health that we can offer care unsurpassed by any other facility.”
Oncologist Dr. Ramaekers said the same is true for St. Francis in Grand Island (pop. 50,000-plus). St. Francis provides screening and diagnosis, quality pathologists, radiation and chemotherapy services, breast reconstruction and genetic counseling.
“Essentially, every aspect of a patient’s breast cancer care from start to finish is considered standard of care or above,” he said.
Achieving Breast Center of Excellence certification required considerable collaboration.
“Going through this process made us even more collegial than we already were and even more committed to that collaborative approach to caring for patients,” Dr. McNamara said.
“That gives patients more security that they’re being treated very well — and perhaps more importantly — that they’re getting cutting-edge therapy and know they’re in the best hands.”