“St. Joe’s recent NAPBC accreditation sets the hospital apart from other community and university hospitals and imaging centers,” stresses Dr. Kondratenko. “NAPBC accreditation means that St. Joe has met 28 standards and provides a full spectrum of breast care that encompasses screening, diagnosis, treatment and aftercare.
She says as a physician she appreciates that SJMO offers state-of-the-art breast care services and equipment, with a multidisciplinary approach to coordinate the best available treatment options. Nurse navigators provide support and guide the patient through all aspects of care, including diagnosis and treatment. SJMO provides access to more than 150 cancer clinical trials, so patients do not need to leave home to receive cuttingedge care.
“St. Joe was one of the first programs in the state to achieve prestigious NAPBC accreditation,” Dr. Kondratenko adds. “We join national experts in encouraging patients to have their mammograms and other breast services, including cancer care, at NAPBC-accredited programs. It’s worth the trip to Pontiac or St. Joe’s other imaging centers in Lake Orion and West Bloomfield to have a mammogram performed at a center that offers this high-level, quality program.”
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence status denotes that SJMO’s services are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. The hospital’s imaging center also offers breast MRI and MRI-guided biopsies. The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation demonstrates that SJMO has achieved high practice standards in image quality, facility equipment and personnel qualifications.
Dr. Kondratenko also urges women to also look for a mammography center that offers all digital mammography, which SJMO does at its three breast imaging sites. She says digital mammograms offer increased quality over traditional film mammography and detect masses at smaller sizes. Digital mammography is also better at detecting masses in younger women, or those with dense breasts. Early detection can mean survival, the obstetrician/gynecologist stresses.
For referral to a St. Joe physician, call the hospital’s referral line at 800-372-6094. Call St. Joe at 248-858-3777 to make a mammogram appointment. (A physician’s order is required.)