(Yakima) – ‘Ohana Mammography Center has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, marking the latest step in Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s continued aim to provide a comprehensive continuum of breast cancer care in Central Washington.
‘Ohana is the only breast imaging center in Central Washington to have earned this designation, which recognizes breast imaging centers accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
The recognition follows a peer-review process, where board-certified physicians and medical physicists determine whether facilities achieve high standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.
“This designation recognizes ‘Ohana’s continued efforts to ensure our patients have the best technology available to them, administered by experienced and well-trained professionals,” said Nancy Roehr, manager at ‘Ohana. “These high standards are not required, so this signifies our efforts to go above and beyond on behalf of our patients to provide essential services at the highest standards of the radiology profession.”
Thanks to community support, ‘Ohana has been able to upgrade technology in recent years, including digital mammography, which provides patients with the highest quality of care in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The new technology significantly decreases the amount of imaging time for patients and reduces radiation exposure, while still providing sharp, digital images with excellent contrast and consistency.
‘Ohana offers a variety of services to ensure breast health, from screening mammography and core biopsy to breast health education and financial counseling. ‘Ohana also serves as the first step in Memorial’s comprehensive and coordinated approach to breast cancer, which extends to surgery and treatment in the Memorial Family of Services, including North Star Lodge Cancer Care Center.
“Diagnosing and treating breast cancer requires teamwork, and having highly skilled people and the best technology be part of that effort is critical,” said Dr. Vicky Jones, a breast medical oncologist and medical director at North Star Lodge. “You need a center of excellence, and ours starts at radiology and continues through treatment.”
The American College of Radiology is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.