Breast Center takes steps toward national certification


By The Telegram

By The Telegram

The St. Catherine Hospital Breast Center has taken another step along the way to achieving certification in the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

Heather Wright-Renick, RN, St. Catherine Hospital, has earned dual certification as a breast patient navigator.

"I want to be certified so my patients know I possess the skills and education to best care for them," she said. "This also illustrates my dedication to the navigator role, ensuring I am current with the skills that allow me to provide patients with the care they need and deserve."

Wright-Renick, employed at SCH since 2003, has cared for patients on the surgical floor and in the intensive care unit. She is coordinator of the Breast Center and its survivorship navigator. The center is located in the new Legacy House across the street from SCH at 309 Walnut.

"I am proud of and grateful to SCH for making the Breast Center a reality," she said. "It has been a huge undertaking to turn a few building blocks into a solid foundation."

Wright-Renick is a breast cancer survivor herself.

"I recognize the center's potential because of first-hand experience," she said. "Every woman and man deserves access to quality breast care close to home without having to travel half-way across the state for all the components needed for the difficult journey that follows a cancer diagnosis."

The breast patient navigator certification ensures a high level of professional, quality care.

"Your certification shows patients that you are a professional whose skills have been validated through your advanced education and testing in navigating them through their breast imaging and cancer-care continuum," Jennifer Cobb-Hayes said. She is with the National Consortium of Breast Centers.

Lisa Beggs is also helping the center work toward its national certification.

"Lisa and I navigate any breast patient who enters our system — from provider referral, patient request or abnormal findings," Wright-Renick said. "We are here to guide our patients through the spectrum of care."

Officials expect the center will achieve certification in the next six months.

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