Trident Breast Care Center recognized as South Carolina's only Center of Excellence

  • Monday, June 16, 2014

No woman wants to wait on the results of a mammogram – or any follow-up check that might reveal breast cancer. The staff members at Trident Breast Care Center understand the anxiety that comes with waiting. For several years now, they have sought to determine and deliver mammogram results quickly, typically the same day. The team will schedule any needed follow-up, for example, an ultrasound or biopsy, as soon as possible. “We work very hard to get that turnaround so our patients don't have to sit and wait and wonder,” says Sandy Ariale, the center's manager of medical imaging. Because of their successful push, Trident Breast Care Center was recently recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Care Center of Excellence by the National Consortium of Breast Centers. Trident Breast Care Center is the only center in South Carolina to have this level of recognition from the NCBC through the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program.   “Excellence” is the program's highest level. By achieving it, Trident Breast Care Center has earned a place with an elite group of centers from across the country. But what matters most to the Trident Health radiologists, technologists and other support staff is that they are delivering quality care to the people in their community. “Everybody's excited to know that the changes we've put in place are all working to make it a better experience for our patients,” Ariale says. “We are very blessed to have a staff that truly treats every patient as a family member.” Trident Breast Care Center was already designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in 2012 for achieving high practice standards in image quality, quality control procedures, quality assurance programs, personnel qualifications and facility equipment. That same year, the center completed an expansion to 9,000 square feet, along with renovations that create a soothing, spa-like atmosphere for patients with a soothing color palette, aromatherapy, soft music  and a gourmet coffee station. Trident Breast Care Center provides digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and other services. The center is located in Trident Medical Arts Center at 9313 Medical Plaza Drive in North Charleston. Call 843-847-4883 to schedule a visit. Same-day appointments and walk-in services are available. Callout: “We work very hard to get that turnaround so our patients don't have to sit and wait and wonder.”   -Sandy Ariale, manager of medical imaging

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