Mercy Medical Center North Iowa
Mercy Associates Attend National Conference
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MASON CITY -- Three associates from Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa's Breast Center - Shari Showalter, RN, BSN; Dawn Pruisman, RT; and Kim Anderson, RN- recently returned from the 21st Annual National Interdisciplinary Breast Center Conference of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. (NCoBC) which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The focus of the conference was to bring together professionals involved with breast healthcare from across the nation to exchange ideas and to learn about advances and new techniques in providing breast healthcare to patients. In today's dynamic healthcare industry, breast centers are faced with providing quality care while simultaneously keeping costs under control.

Attendees also learned about the advantages of a multiple modality approach to enable optimal patient care; took part in discussions on the correlation between radiology and pathology regarding breast disease; and were informed about scientific evidence to support early detection and treatment in early-stage cancer.

Mercy - Forest Park Imaging was awarded accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, demonstrating accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Breast Imaging Center of Excellence accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) recognizes facilities that are dedicated to improving women's health by participating in these rigorous quality assurance programs.