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St. Anthony's Breast Center Designated Breast Center of Excellence

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (November 15, 2010) - The Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center at St. Anthony's Hospital has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The designation signifies that the Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center at St. Anthony's Hospital meets the highest standards of the radiology profession. A center of excellence designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that have demonstrated excellence in breast imaging by achieving accreditation in mammography, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy, and stereotactic breast biopsy. St. Anthony's breast center is the only breast center in south Pinellas County to receive this designation.

"The designation as an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence is a testament to the quality of imaging performed by the St. Anthony's breast center," said Sonja Ancrile R.T. (R)(M), mammography coordinator for the breast center St. Anthony's. "This was truly a team effort, and we are very proud of this designation. It recognizes the quality of every aspect of the center.  Our physicians and technologists are deemed to be highly qualified to perform and interpret breast images. Plus, our equipment has been designated as having met or exceeded all quality assurance and safety guidelines." 

"Coordinated, comprehensive care designed around the needs of the patient is integral to what we do," said Claudia Bundschu M.D., radiologist and medical director of the breast center at St. Anthony's. "The breast center at St. Anthony's allows women to receive expert, compassionate care and advanced technology to screen, diagnose and treat women all at one facility."

The breast center at St. Anthony's is a multidisciplinary breast care program providing a full spectrum of clinical and support services, from screening and diagnosis to treatment and counseling. The state-of-the-art technology at the center is delivered by a talented team of specialized clinicians, a radiologist and a patient care navigator who work closely together to provide coordinated care - personalized to address the individual breast health needs and concerns of each patient.

The ACR, a national membership organization serving radiologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, and medical physicists, is recognized as a leader in accreditation of medical imaging and radiation oncology. St. Anthony's voluntarily underwent ACR's rigorous review process and was certified as meeting nationally accepted standards. 

About St. Anthony's Hospital

St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony's became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area's leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony's has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.

About BayCare Health System

BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

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