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SNMH Receives Recognition for Breast Cancer Excellence

The National Consortium of Breast Centers has recognized Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital (SNMH) Women’s Imaging Center as a Certified Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC). Debbie Plass with the Sierra Nevada Memorial Foundation says this honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in their community.

“Over a period of six months in the last three years that we had to prove that we’ve given extraordinary care within our breast cancer center. It talks about timeliness of mammography and then getting results back to people. Since one out of eight women will get breast cancer and over 40,000 women die a year of breast cancer, it’s really important that we have a center here at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital that can provide that level of care.”

 This level of certification in the NQMBC Program is valid for one year.  The Center’s team of 5 Radiologists has a combined expertise of over 75 years. The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers were developed by referencing the Health Care Advisory Board’s Clinical Quality Dash Board for breast centers published in the fall of 2004. The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers reflect more than five years of work, which has culminated in the adoption of more than 33 National Quality Indicators.

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