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August 2014 NewsFlash

Pocono Health Systems’ Hughes Cancer Center Recognized As a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence


Pocono Health Systems’ Hughes Cancer Center Recognized As a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence

Pocono Health Systems’ (PHS) Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center was recently recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program. This distinguished honor represents a commitment by the entire team to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in our community.

Jeff Snyder, President and CEO of Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center, recognizes the impact this recognition has on cancer care in our community, “Our oncology team of physicians and staff have always been committed to providing quality cancer care to our patients. We look forward to continuing to provide world class care close to home by utilizing the resources of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc., to help meet the needs of our patients and their loved ones.”

Measuring and comparing quality performance is essential in assessing patient care and allocating resources where improvement is desired. The Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center has taken a major step to ensure we consistently provide the best possible quality care to breast patients in the communities we serve. The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers (NQMBC) were developed by referencing the Health Care Advisory Board’s Clinical Quality Dash Board for breast centers published in the fall of 2004. NQMBC reflects more than five years of work, which has culminated in the adoption of more than 30 National Quality Indicators.

The National Consortium of Breast Centers promote excellence in breast health care for the general public through a network of diverse professionals dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources. It serves as an informational resource and provides support services to those rendering care to people with breast diseases through educational programs, newsletters, a national directory and patient forums. It also encourages professionals to concentrate and specialize in activities related to breast disease and encourages the development of programs and centers that address breast disease and promote breast health.

They also facilitate collaborative research opportunities on issues of breast health; and developed a set of core measures to define, improve, and sustain quality standards in breast health care programs and for quality performance in all types of breast health care facilities. To learn more about the NQMBC Program, please visit Breastcare.org or for more information about the Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center, please visit PoconoHealthSystem.org.





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Pocono Health System Announces New Board Members While Also Recognizing Retiring Board Members

W. Andrew Worthington, President and CEO of Bushkill Group, Inc., and Chair of the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center Board of Directors welcomes Carmine Cerra, MD and Richard Staneski, former Vice President of Finance and Administration at East Stroudsburg University to the Board. “On behalf of our Board, we look forward to working closely with Dr. Cerra and Mr. Staneski to continue to move this organization forward by always focusing on our patients and their needs,” explains W. Andrew Worthington, Chair of the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Board of Directors.

Longtime board members Chuck Hannig, President/Broker of Spread Eagle Realty, Inc., Phil Hosbach, Vice President, New Products and Immunization Policy at Sanofi Pasteur, and Gary Olson, President and CEO of ESSA Bank & Trust, have retired from their dedicated service on the Board. Gary Olson also previously served as Chair during a time of exciting transformation with the development of the new Dale and Frances Hughes Cancer Center, among many other notable achievements. Mr. Hannig, Mr. Hosbach, and Mr. Olson continue to be actively involved in many community and civic causes.

“We acknowledge Mr. Hannig, Mr. Hosbach, and Mr. Olson for successfully leading our organization and so generously giving of their time and talent as we continue to provide world-class care, close to home. Our continued success as a health care system takes a team from the Board to the physicians, nurses, and all staff and administrative leaders who have a deep commitment to this community,” says W. Andrew Worthington, Chair of the Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center Board of Directors.

Individuals may learn more about the Board by visiting http://www.poconohealthsystem.org/?id=13&sid=1. The Board currently consists of three physicians, seven business and community leaders, and Jeff Snyder, President and CEO, Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center.



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