Bronson Recognized for Excellence in Breast Health Services - Bronson Healthcare

Published on June 17, 2008

Bronson Center for Women has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in recognition of providing comprehensive breast imaging and diagnostic services exceeding required standards.

Bronson Center for Women is one of only 187 breast imaging centers in the United States earning Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, and one of three in the state. There are 309 accredited mammography sites in Michigan. The ACR awards Breast Imaging Center of Excellence to organizations that successfully achieve accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“Obtaining annual mammograms is vital to women's health,” said Christina Jacobs, M.D., breast imaging radiologist with Advanced Radiology Services, Kalamazoo Division. “Receiving this recognition from the ACR helps reinforce the high quality of care our patients receive.”

Services at Bronson Center for Women include breast health care, bone health, midlife consultation services, and educational programs. Bronson Center for Women is located at 601 John St., Suite M-515, at Bronson Methodist Hospital. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (269) 341-6100.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic-interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

According to the National Cancer Institute, a woman in the United States has a one in eight risk of developing breast cancer, and a one in 33 risk of dying from breast cancer over her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths among U.S. women. The American Cancer Society estimates that over 214,000 women were diagnosed with new cases of breast cancer in 2006, and over 40,000 women last year died from breast cancer. Early detection through mammography improves the likelihood of surviving breast cancer.