Texas Health Stephenville Earns Center of Excellence Designation for Breast Imaging
03/21/2013

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville has been named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Texas Health Stephenville is the fourth hospital within the Texas Health Resources system to earn the prestigious designation.

Sarah Mangrum, Clair Cole, Nanette Evans, M.D., and Suzanne Atwood Perez.

A team effort helped secure Texas Health Stephenville’s designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Left to right are mammographers Sarah Mangrum and Clair Cole, radiologist Nanette Evans, M.D., and Suzanne Atwood Perez, director of radiology.

The designation means the hospital has earned accreditation from the ACR in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy). The ACR is a national organization focused on the practice of medical imaging and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

“Designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence means Texas Health Stephenville has achieved high practice standards in caring for our patients,” said Nanette Evans, M.D., radiologist on the medical staff of Texas Health Stephenville. “It’s a tremendous accomplishment for a hospital of our size to be recognized for excellence in areas of imaging that are so essential to women’s health.”

The hospital underwent several peer-review evaluations during the accreditation process. Board-certified physicians and medical physicists from the ACR evaluated every aspect of care and diagnostic services provided at the hospital. Texas Health Stephenville achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs, according to the ACR.

“Achieving this prestigious designation was a team effort by a dedicated staff devoted to serving the patients of Erath County and surrounding communities,” said Suzanne Atwood Perez, director of radiology at Texas Health Stephenville. “The BICOE designation, which is rare among hospitals nationwide, shows Texas Health Stephenville’s commitment to excellence and high level of performance as appraised by ACR examiners.”

Accreditation gives Texas Health Stephenville access to the National Mammography Database, enabling the hospital to compare itself to other hospitals nationwide in important areas such as cancer detection rate.

“Our staff provides a high quality of service to women seeking breast care diagnostics and treatment,” said Christopher Leu, president of Texas Health Stephenville. “We appreciate the care they provide to each patient in what can be a stressful time for women.”

For more information on the hospital’s imaging and women’s services, visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Stephenville is a full-service acute care facility serving Erath and surrounding counties since 1926. The hospital offers surgical services, women’s and infants’ services, advanced diagnostic imaging, sleep lab and wound care services. Texas Health Stephenville, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has received national accreditation as a Level IV Trauma Center, Cycle III Chest Pain Center and Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The hospital was named a Baby-Friendly Hospital by the World Health Organization and received Pathway to Excellence® designation for a work environment that supports nurses. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Stephenville.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.