Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™ (NQMBC™). This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in their community.
“At Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center we actively push the boundaries of quality cancer care to exceed the expectations of our patients. With an expert oncology team, we are committed to offering accessible, unmatched cancer care to the region backed by the extensive resources of The National Consortium of Breast Centers,” said Dr. Michael Marte, Medical Director of Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center.
Measuring and comparing quality performance is essential in assessing patient care and allocating resources where improvement is desired. In today’s dynamic health care industry, breast centers are faced with providing quality care while simultaneously keeping costs under control. A center’s staff must not only be familiar with existing standards of care, but must also be aware of new advances in technology. Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center actively ensures they provide the best possible quality care to breast patients in their community. The National Consortium of Breast Centers is proud to recognize Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence.
“As a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence, we exercise the highest-quality of care from state-of-the-art technology in our imaging centers to our community breast health initiatives to ensure that we are always prepared to provide excellent care for all of our Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center patients,” said Lutchana Beckford, RN, BSN, Breast Health Nurse Navigator at Pocono Medical Center’s Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center.
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 11 years of work, which has culminated in the adoption of more than 33 National Quality Indicators™.
The National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) promote excellence in breast health care for the general public through a network of diverse professionals dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources. It serves as an informational resource and provides support services to those rendering care to people with breast diseases through educational programs, newsletters, a national directory and patient forums. NCBC also encourages professionals to concentrate and specialize in activities related to breast disease and encourages the development of programs and centers that address breast disease and promote breast health. It facilitates collaborative research opportunities on issues of breast health; and developed a set of core measures to define, improve, and sustain quality standards in breast health care programs and for quality performance in all types of breast health care facilities. To learn more about the NQMBC Program, please visit www.breastcare.org.
Pocono Medical Center has served the Pocono Mountain region for over 100 years, marking it as one of Monroe County’s largest employers with more than 230 physicians and now over 2,000 staff employees. Pocono Medical Center has three comprehensive healthcare centers located in Bartonsville, Tobyhanna, and Brodheadsville each offering imaging and lab services. In addition, Pocono Medical Center has 19 primary and specialty care physician practices throughout the region. Pocono Medical Center offers a full continuum of care from clinical and acute care services to specialized services ranging from endocrinology, neonatology and perinatology to pulmonary, neurology, bariatric, general, orthopedic, and even minimally-invasive surgery with our da Vinci® robotic surgery. Homecare and hospice services are also available through the Pocono Health System Visiting Nurse and Hospice. U.S. News & World Report recently named Pocono Medical Center among the top 10% of hospitals in Pennsylvania and as a Best Regional Hospital including two High-Performing Hospital recognitions in both heart failure and heart bypass surgery. Pocono Medical Center’s ESSA Heart and Vascular Institute offers a full breadth and depth of cardiovascular services, including diagnostic cardiac catheterization, cardiac angioplasty, open-heart surgery, and minimally invasive heart procedures as well as vascular surgery and cardiac rehabilitation services. The Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center at Pocono Medical Center offers a variety of treatments and alternatives, including state-of-the-art radiation therapy equipment and medical and radiation oncology. Pocono Medical Center is a designated, accredited Primary Stroke Center providing stroke care via telemedicine. In addition to Pocono Medical Center serving as one of the busiest emergency departments in the state, it is also the only fully-accredited Level III Trauma Center in the Commonwealth as well as the sole Trauma Center program for all of Monroe County and its surrounding communities. For more information or to learn more, please visit our website at poconohealthsystem.org, or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/