The Breast Center at Carondelet St. Mary’s Receives the 2017 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Breast Centers

Oct 11, 2017
Tucson, Ariz.  – October 10, 2017 – The Breast Center at Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Breast Centers by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.  The award signifies that St. Mary’s Hospital is in the top 7% of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering breast care services.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 1 in 8 women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in women.

“As a breast cancer survivor, I learned the hard way that where you choose to have your mammogram can have a profound impact on your outcome and experience,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award.

Passi was the victim of poor imaging and misdiagnosis.  Doctors eventually discovered her breast cancer after a surgical biopsy and two lumpectomies at the age of 42.  Her experience was the inspiration behind creating the Women’s Choice Award following her career as former publisher of Working Woman and Working Mother magazines.

“We empower women to make educated, confident decisions about their health,” said Passi. “By identifying America’s Best Breast Centers, we’re helping women find the top accredited centers in their communities.”

The methodology used to select St. Mary’s Hospital as one of America’s Best Breast Centers is unique in that it evaluates Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey results along with primary research about women’s healthcare preferences.

The list of 352 award winners, including Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital, represents breast centers that have met the highest standards of breast care in the nation as set by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and carry the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) seal from the American College of Radiology.

“We are proud to receive this award which affirms our dedication to the highest quality, compassionate cancer care for our patients,” said Amy Beiter, MD, CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital. “Every woman deserves to benefit from the kind of advanced technology and innovative treatment options we offer at St. Mary’s, all in a setting that addresses both their physical and emotional needs.”

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For more than 100 years, the Carondelet Health Network has been a leader in providing medical care to communities throughout Southern Arizona.  Today, the Carondelet Health Network is one of the largest and most integrated regional healthcare systems serving Tucson, Green Valley and Nogales and remains the community’s only Catholic healthcare system. 

The Network’s recent growth, innovation, and technological advances have both honored our heritage and furthered our commitment to deliver the right care, with dedicated teams of professionals, utilizing progressive healthcare resources.  The Carondelet Health Network provides an extensive spectrum of healthcare, providing our communities with access high quality healthcare, innovative treatment options, some of the latest medical technologies, and the highest level of reliability – all part of the Carondelet Health Network, recognized leaders in healthcare.

Carondelet’s expansive network includes St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Tucson, Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute at St. Mary’s Hospital, Carondelet Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital, primary and specialty care clinics, imaging centers, ambulatory surgery centers and a clinically integrated organization. Jointly owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Dignity Health and Ascension, Carondelet is operated by majority partner Tenet, a leading diversified healthcare services company.

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