The Breast Health Center at Crouse Hospital has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), making it the only breast imaging center in Syracuse to receive this designation.
"We’re very proud to receive this designation," said Stephen Montgomery, MD, medical director of the Crouse Breast Health Center. "It recognizes the quality of every aspect of the center and tells women that Crouse does not just meet, but significantly exceeds national standards of finding breast cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages." This designation also signifies that the Crouse Breast Health Center meets the highest standards of the radiology profession. The ACR awards “Center of Excellence” designation only to imaging centers that have demonstrated excellence in breast imaging by achieving accreditation in mammography, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy and stereotactic breast biopsy.
The hospital voluntarily underwent the ACR's rigorous review process and was successfully certified. "This is great news for our patients," said Brad Hellwig, Director of Medical Imaging Services at Crouse. "Our program offers the latest imaging technology and has the highest level of expertise to help patients through the entire process,” says Hellwig.
Led by Dr. Montgomery, who pioneered the use of stereotactic breast biopsy in Central New York in 1993, the Crouse Breast Health Center has long been a regional leader in the detection and treatment of breast cancer and other high-risk breast disease. The center’s comprehensive breast imaging program includes screening and diagnostic mammography; computer-aided detection (CAD); breast ultrasound; non-invasive outpatient breast biopsies; needle localizations; breast MRI with CAD; and interventional breast procedures such as stereotactic and ultrasound breast biopsy.
In addition, Crouse has recently added three nationally certified breast health navigators to the program to help women through the mammography process, from start to finish and on through surgical intervention, if required. “Providing peace of mind during what can be an anxiety-filled experience for a woman is a primary focus of our entire team,” states Dr. Montgomery. "Throughout the process of care, we’re all here to help make a patient's experience just a little bit better, and a little less stressful.”
Crouse Breast Health Center navigators Laura Rose, RN,BSN,CCBE, Mary Butler, RN,CCBE,CBPN-IC and Margaret Bottino, RN,CCBE,CBPN-IC have between them more than 40 years of experience in working with and supporting mammography patients. “Our navigators go beyond serving the clinical needs of our patients,” states Dr. Montgomery, adding that they provide dedicated, individualized comfort, compassion and emotional support to women having regularly scheduled mammograms and those requiring additional testing. “All breast health programs are not created equal, and our focus is on caring for the whole patient, not just administering an exam” says Dr. Montgomery.
More information is available at Crouse Breast Health Center or by calling 315/470-5880.