St. Catherine Hospital is 5th in state to earn national accreditation

(GARDEN CITY, KAS.) Heather Wright-Renick, R.N., had no doubt St. Catherine Hospital (SCH) could make it happen. And, as it turns out, she was right. The Breast Center at SCH is only 1 year old and is already nationally accredited, said Wright-Renick, breast program coordinator and nurse navigator.

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) recently notified SCH about this seal of approval. There are only four other Kansas breast centers that are NAPBC-accredited one each in Shawnee Mission and Olathe and two in Overland Park.

This accreditation clearly illustrates we are dedicated to recognizing patient needs and going the extra mile to serve them, Wright-Renick said. Patients can receive their care, which is proven to meet national standards, while remaining close to home.

Patients sometimes seek a second opinion, which we wholeheartedly support, she elaborated. Then they can enjoy peace of mind, knowing they would receive the same treatment at a bigger center that they can receive here in Garden City.

Wright-Renick noted that seeking the accreditation was not only important to her professionally, but also personally. As a recent breast cancer patient, I wanted to receive the care I needed right here in Garden City, she explained. More importantly, I want every patient to have access to the best care available without having to drive several hours to get it.

There was a huge need in southwest Kansas, which is why we were determined to build this program, she continued. Patients in rural communities deserve the same service traditionally available only in large cities.

The Breast Center is located in the Legacy House, 309 E. Walnut, services located just across the street on the main hospital campus include: digital mammography; ultrasound; breast MRI; stereotactic needle biopsy; genetic evaluation, testing and management; lumpectomy; mastectomy; lymph node biopsy and surgery; plastic surgery; oncology consultation and treatment at Heartland Cancer Center; lymphedema evaluation and treatment; patient education and support group; smoking-cessation guidance; access to wigs and prostheses; and evaluation and management of benign breast disease.

When Wright-Renick became coordinator and navigator in July 2013, her goal was to build the program and then bring in the patients. Instead, she commented, the patients came so we built the program. Many of the 17 required accreditation components already existed. For those we lacked, we built partnerships and received specialized training.

Leave a Legacy helped bring digital mammography to Garden City and provided SCH with a Midwest Cancer Alliance membership, she continued. MCA provides clinical trial availability, second-opinion access and genetic counseling. MCA is the outreach arm of The University of Kansas Cancer Center.

Lisa Beggs, nurse navigator and clinical trials nurse, works hand-in-hand with the Breast Center team. We formed a Breast Friends support group that meets the second Wednesday of every month, Wright-Renick said. Lisa and I spend a lot of time in our local communities talking about breast health and the importance of our program. We also work with Early Detection Works to provide education and services to our uninsured/underinsured patients, she added.

Dr. Matthew Byrnes, breast program medical director, surgeon and chief medical officer, and Scott Taylor, SCH president and chief executive officer, provided the support, leadership, expertise and passion to make our goal a reality, Wright-Renick noted.

This accreditation process is extremely rigorous, Dr. Byrnes said. We demonstrated strict adherence to national guidelines, which means we demonstrate the same level of breast care that larger institutionsdeliver.

Our two nurses serve a vital role in coordinating patient care, he continued. We also are committed to rapid evaluation of patients with breast complaints. We understand women are anxious when they notice a lump, and the last thing they want is long delays.

Breast cancer has touched the life of virtually everyone in some way, Dr. Byrnes said, noting SCH is gratified to be able to care for women during a difficult time. Breast cancer treatment often requires numerous doctors appointments over the course of a year, the surgeon said. If women travel for hours each way for every appointment, their treatment can be markedly more difficult. Our Breast Center savesthem from this stress.

CEO Taylor said he is proud of the SCH team for their diligence and enthusiasm, which led to this accreditation. This demonstrates the advances we have made and attests to the quality of care without traveling to big cities, often for programs that are less advanced and not accredited, Taylor said. And we have the only fully certified breast care navigator who is a breast cancer survivor. In addition, the technology is clearly state-of-the-art, he elaborated. But our real strength lies in the compassionate professionals dedicated to caring for western Kansans in a time of great need.

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