From left to right: Guillaume Boiteau, M.D., Radiologist Susan Cherry, R.N. Rosa Montiel, Mammography Technologist

Cameron County’s Only Hospital to Receive Accreditation

Brownsville, Texas, October 31, 2017 — Valley Regional Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Valley Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in Cameron County accredited by the American College of Radiology for Stereotactic Breast Biopsy.

A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells — either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle — from an area in the breast suspected to be cancerous. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine helps guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of an abnormal growth.

“Stereotactic breast biopsy procedures allows us to obtain samples we can only see with mammography. Before stereotactic breast biopsies, women had to have surgical excisions of a portion of the breast to find out if they had cancer or not. Stereotactic breast biopsies are less invasive, quicker, more affordable, and result in minimal scarring. I am proud to work with such a professional and compassionate team that focuses on quality, patient safety and satisfaction,” stated Guillaume Boiteau, M.D., Radiologist at Valley Regional Medical Center.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Accredited FacilityThe ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. Board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field award it only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report that can be used for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR, founded in 1924, is a professional medical society dedicated to serving patients and society by empowering radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care. The College serves more than 37,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

About Valley Regional Medical Center

Valley Regional Medical Center is conveniently located at the corner of Expressway 77 and Alton Gloor Boulevard in Brownsville.  With physicians representing over 25 specialties, Valley Regional Medical Center is a leader in a vast array of high quality programs, including surgical robotics program, advanced diagnostic imaging, interventional cardiac catheterization, open heart surgery, bariatric surgery, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, women’s services, pediatric services and neonatal intensive care. Valley Regional Medical is a nationally accredited Advanced Primary Stroke Center and our Emergency Department is designated as an Advanced Level III Trauma Center treating a wide range of emergent needs 24 hours a day. For more information on Valley Regional Medical Center’s programs and services, visit our website at Valley Regional Medical Center.

About HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division

HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers and diagnostic imaging facilities in greater Houston, Corpus Christi and South Texas.  Facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include:  18 hospitals, nine ambulatory care centers, 10 off-campus emergency centers, and a regional transfer center that provides one phone call access and support for patient transfers into and out of the HCA Gulf Coast Division Affiliated Hospitals as well as access to ground and air transportation within a 150- mile radius.  For more information, visit HCA Gulf Coast.