April 2, 2012 – Southern Maine Medical Center’s (SMMC) Center for Breast Care, which opened in October 2011, has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Prior to receiving the excellence designation, centers must undergo an evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. This accreditation is the national gold standard for excellence, given only to facilities with proven best practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.
“SMMC is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality of care,” emphasized President and CEO Ed McGeachey. “We are honored to be accredited a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence less than one year after opening our Center for Breast Care. Our exceptional team of breast care experts uses the latest in diagnostic technology and a patient-centered approach to ensure our patients receive excellent care. Always.”
Based on input from breast cancer survivors, the Center for Breast Care was designed to make certain that patients receive compassionate, coordinated care from diagnosis through recovery. Visit www.smmc.org/breastcare for more information.
About Southern Maine Medical Center
Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) is a national award-winning healthcare system including a medical center offering excellent clinical care and a multi-specialty physician services group. SMMC features Maine's newest state-of-the-art emergency and fast track care as well as a full range of inpatient and outpatient services at its 150-bed acute care medical center. SMMC's physician services offers high quality medical care through offices located in Biddeford, Kennebunk, Old Orchard Beach, and Saco and a wide array of outpatient services at its diagnostic and therapy centers in Saco, Kennebunk, and Biddeford. SMMC is Joint Commission accredited, state-licensed, and is a member of the MaineHealth system. To learn more visit www.smmc.org.
About the American College of Radiology
The American College of Radiology (ACR) is a national professional organization serving more than 34,000 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.