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Published on February 16, 2011

Breast Care Center named Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

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MONTEREY, Calif. — The Breast Care Center of Community Hospital has become the only center in the area to be designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, recognizing that it meets the highest level of safety, imaging quality, and technical ability.

"Only 41 centers in California have passed the tests required for the Center of Excellence designation, considered the gold standard for demonstrated safety and quality imaging," says Steven Packer, MD, Community Hospital president and CEO. "The Breast Care Center has always been on the leading edge, from its warm, welcoming design to its state-of-the-art digital equipment and highly trained staff. This new accreditation recognizes that the center is also on the leading edge when it comes to providing the best and safest imaging and interventional procedures available."

The Center of Excellence designation was awarded after a comprehensive review by the American College of Radiology, the largest and oldest imaging accrediting body in the United States. To receive the designation, centers must earn accreditation in three areas: mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field. These specialists found that the center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, staff qualifications, equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

"Just having state-of-the-art equipment means nothing if it is not skillfully used," Packer says. "Our center's technical staff and radiologists Dr. Susan Roux and Dr. Kristine Leatherberry are experts who instill confidence and use their tools for the lifesaving advantages they offer. With this Center of Excellence designation, our community members can be assured they are in great hands."



Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 205 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and business offices. Find more information about Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and the Breast Care Center at

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