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Hospital of Central Connecticut a participant in breast health care quality initiative

[August 31 2011] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC) has been recognized by the National Consortium of Breast Centers as a certified participant of the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™ (NQMBC) Program.

This recognition is indicative of the hospital's commitment to providing the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in its community and signifies its aim to become a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence.

As a participant, the hospital is part of a national quality documentation program and will, among other objectives aim to perform above the 25th percentile for more than 30 National Quality Indicators™ as established by the NQMBC. After fulfilling these certification requirements, the hospital would then be a Certified Quality Breast Center. HOCC would then strive for the highest certification level, Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence.

HOCC's comprehensive breast program is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. It includes two breast navigators and weekly breast conference meetings. Nurse navigators guide patients through the healthcare system from diagnosis through treatment. Among the program's educational initiatives are survivorship workshops and manuals for patients with breast cancer. For program information, please contact Nurse Navigator Donna Boehm, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., at 860-224-5900, X6307 or visit http://www.thocc.org/services/breast/nurse.aspx .

With a focus on excellence in breast health care, the National Consortium of Breast Centers supports healthcare practitioners with varied educational programs, newsletters, a national directory and patient forums. It also furthers collaborative research on breast health issues and has set measures for quality standards in breast healthcare programs and for quality performance in breast healthcare facilities.