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The Breast Center at Houston Northwest Medical Center Receives Prestigious National Award
Date:6/26/2009

HOUSTON, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Breast Center at Houston Northwest Medical Center is one of only two breast centers in the United States -- and one in Texas -- to be recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC) Program(TM). The NQMBC Program is a quality initiative designed to measure performance of interdisciplinary breast care nationwide. The designation is the highest certification level of the program.

"We are very proud to receive this honor because it symbolizes the hospital's commitment to provide quality breast health care to patients in our community," says Tosha Morton, RT(R)(M)(CT), Breast Center manager. "This award not only reflects the collaboration of our professional staff with physicians to help ensure the success of the Breast Center, but also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the early detection and treatment of breast cancer."

Houston Northwest Medical Center has taken a major step to ensure that patients consistently benefit from a high standard of care. The hospital promotes excellence in breast health care through a network of diverse professionals dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources. In addition, the measurement of quality performance and comparison of outcomes data is essential in assessing patient care and allocating resources where improvement is desired.

"Pathologists, breast surgeons and radiologists work closely with nurses, technologists and ultrasonographers to create a multidisciplinary team that provides comprehensive, coordinated patient care," adds Morton. "They are all dedicated to helping detect breast cancer early, providing in-depth patient education, and offering the care and support needed if breast cancer is diagnosed."

The Breast Center at Houston Northwest Medical Center offers an extensive program that focuses on detecting breast cancer early using advanced imaging equipment and providing ongoing support if breast cancer is diagnosed. The Breast Center has experienced staff specially trained in breast imaging and is accredited by the American College of Radiology to perform mammography, stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound guided biopsy and fine needle aspiration.

National Quality Measures for Breast Centers is a quality initiative of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. The National Consortium of Breast Centers promotes excellence in breast health care for the 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 providing care to people with breast diseases through educational programs, newsletters, a national directory and patient forums. For more information visit www.breastcare.org.

About Houston Northwest Medical Center

Houston Northwest Medical Center is located at 710 F.M. 1960 West in Houston. Houston Northwest Medical Center has been serving the North Houston community for 35 years. The hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Houston Northwest Medical Center ranks among the nation's top hospitals for several service lines including critical care, stroke and general surgery by HealthGrades, an independent health care ratings company. Houston Northwest Medical Center is also a designated Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. To learn more about Houston Northwest Medical Center, a facility accredited by The Joint Commission, visit www.hnmc.com.

    Contact: Theresa Lewis
    Houston Northwest Medical Center
    (281) 440-2444
    Theresa.Lewis@tenethealth.com


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