|BHS Breast Care Program Honored|
|Berkshire Health Systems Breast Center Certified as Center of Excellence: Only Center in Massachusetts With Designation
PITTSFIELD, MA - Berkshire Health Systems Comprehensive Breast Center has been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC), and the BHS Center is currently the only one in Massachusetts so honored. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by the BHS Breast Center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in the community. The Center of Excellence certification in the NQMBC Program is for one year.
“This level of excellence is made possible by the ongoing commitment of our team of breast health providers across the spectrum of care at Berkshire Health Systems, who work to provide the highest level of care for our community,” said Lisa Loring, MD, Medical Director of the BMC Women’s Imaging Center. “As a native of Berkshire County, I know what a close-knit community we are. The people we care for are our neighbors, friends, loved ones, and I am proud of our staff for consistently striving for excellence.”
Measuring and comparing quality performance is essential in assessing patient care and allocating resources where improvement is desired. In today’s dynamic healthcare industry, breast centers are faced with providing quality care while simultaneously keeping costs under control. The BHS program’s staff must not only be familiar with existing standards of care, but must also be aware of new advances in technology.
“Berkshire Health Systems Comprehensive Breast Center actively ensures they provide the best possible quality care to breast patients in their community,” according to the NQMBC. “The National Consortium of Breast Centers is proud to recognize the BHS Comprehensive Breast Center as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence.”
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 2004. The NQMBC reflects more than five years of work, which culminated in the adoption of over 33 National Quality Indicators which measure quality across the continuum of care, including radiology, medical and radiation oncology, surgical oncology and plastic surgery.