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KDMC Breast Care Center Receives Accreditation

The King’s Daughters Medical Center Breast Care Center recently completed its annual mammography review from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration—with “no findings” and full accreditation.

All U.S. mammography facilities undergo annual inspections, as required by the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA), established by Congress in 1994 to ensure high standards of mammography services. To earn accreditation, programs must pass evaluation in six major areas: equipment performance, technologist quality control, medical physicist survey, personnel qualifications, medical reports and outcome audits.

The visit is similar to the hospital-wide Joint Commission evaluation — very tedious and involves all aspects of the Breast Care Center, said Doretha Pridemore, clinical supervisor of the King’s Daughters Breast Care Center. 

“To complete the inspection with ‘no findings’ is a great accomplishment and confirmation of the quality program we offer at King’s Daughters,” Pridemore said.

Also, the King’s Daughters Breast Care Center has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules. 

Located in the King’s Daughters Center for Advanced Imaging, the Breast Care Center offers a complete range of services including digital mammograms, minimally invasive breast biopsies and ultrasound. KDMC also provides mobile mammography services throughout Kentucky and Ohio.

KDMC radiologist Robert Penkava, M.D., serves as medical director of the Breast Care Center.

The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms for women beginning at age 40. For more information about mammography services at King’s Daughters, please call 606.408.4350.

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