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Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Mee Memorial Hospital

King City – October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Mee Memorial Hospital will be offering mammograms for women over forty at a rate of $99. Mee Memorial would like to build awareness within the community of the importance of being screened for breast cancer. Early detection is key in treating breast cancer and being able to live a whole and healthy life.

“We want to help you be aware, take charge of your health and take care of yourself. It is important for every woman to follow a program for good breast health. Early detection of breast cancer can mean survival and a mammogram is the best way to find cancer early.” said Lori Stevens mammography supervisor at Mee Memorial Hospital.

When breast cancer is detected early, at a localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. Early detection includes doing monthly breast self-exams, and scheduling regular clinical breast exams and mammograms. Breast cancer can be diagnosed through

Lori Stevens mammography supervisor at Mee Memorial Hospital

multiple tests, including a mammogram, ultrasound, MRI and biopsy. A mammogram is an x-ray that allows a qualified specialist to examine the breast tissue for any suspicious areas.

 

Mee Memorial strives to deliver the highest quality of care to the patients it serves by using the most advanced technology available. Digital mammography is quickly becoming the standard in breast imaging and is the best tool in early diagnosis, giving patients a much better chance of survival and leading a long, productive life.

Stevens adds, “Get a mammogram and have one every year. Have a clinical breast exam by your healthcare provider every year and do your monthly breast self-exam. It’s important to ask questions and let your healthcare provider know if you find anything unusual. If not for yourself, do it for those who love you!”

Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. Staying at a healthy weight, being physically active, and limiting how much alcohol you drink can help reduce your risk of breast cancer. Regular screening can often find breast cancer early when treatments are more likely to be successful.

For further information on Breast Cancer or mammography, you can contact Debbie Pierce at Mee Memorial Mammography Center at (831) 385-7130.

Mee Memorial Hospital continues to strive to improve services to our valued customers by opening a new Patient Accounting Customer Service Center

Patient Financial Services (PFS) Employees are all part of a team to make your billing experience at Mee Memorial as seamless as possible

King City, Ca. –Mee Memorial Hospital would like to announce the grand opening of our Patient Accounting Customer Service Center. The center is open Monday – Friday, from 8am-5pm, with dedicated Customer Service Representatives to help assist you with bill pay or any questions you may have regarding patient financial services. There will be a Grand Opening Mixer and Ribbon Cutting in conjunction with the King City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture on Thursday, July 14th from 4:30 – 6:30pm. Please join us to see the newly updated facility, learn more about MMH services, and enjoy appetizers and refreshments.

 

“Patient Financial Services is excited about a new center that is completely dedicated to the privacy and needs of our customers,” Said Fred Binczewski, Director of Revenue Cycle, Patient Financial Services, “it provides a place for customers to come with questions or pay their bill with ease.”

“The new center has allowed for us to do our job in a confidential and discreet manner and has helped us streamline the process,” said Nicki Kelly, Accounts Receivable Representative.

At MMH we have a team dedicated to working with our patients to accept all forms of payment as well as other services that include: assistance with interpretation of insurance coverage, verification of insurance eligibility and benefits, obtaining authorization for treatment, investigating possible payment sources that might be available to you, and to help make payment arrangements. Mee Memorial Hospital strives to provide you with the highest level of personal service and to deliver to you the information and options necessary to make the billing process seamless.

Mee Memorial Hospital wants to make it as easy as possible for you to manage the costs of your medical services. Customers can contact the Patient Accounting Customer Service Center to update or add insurance information, pay bills, discuss other arrangements at (831) 385-7294, (831) 385-7152, fax at (831) 385-7188 or visit the center at 809 Broadway, King City, (Behind 7-11, in the same building as Dialysis & Rehab.) Customers can also pay online, at https://www.patientportal.me/MeeMemorialCA.

 

 

 

 

Mee Memorial Hospital Dialysis Unit is the only center with a perfect score, 100 out of 100 in Quality Incentive Program within a region that encompasses 280 dialysis centers

Mee Memorial Dialysis team members, clockwise, Barbara Horne, Elizabeth Hermosillo, Adrienne Starr, Steve Tully, Shelena Perez, Laurie Bradshaw, Adam Derengowski, Ruby Perez, and Isaac Ovalle.

King City – All dialysis units’ quality of care is evaluated on a yearly basis by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through the Quality Incentive Program.  Mee Memorial’s Dialysis Unit was the only facility in Network 17 (Northern half of California) to receive 100 points which is the maximum number of points possible. The Network has 280 facilities in its region, including the Pacific Islands. Five of these 280 facilities scored 95 points; only one hemodialysis facility scored 100 points, that being Mee Memorial.

“Absolutely a breath-taking performance. We are going to use you and your facility as a best practice and we will be asking for your processes,” Allison Kregness, RN, CNN, and Executive Director of Health Services Advisory Group enthusiastically told Mee Memorial’s Dialysis Unit.

As well as be awarded 100 points for their facility, they were also given a Five Star Rating the maximum possible from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The rating system is similar to those used in restaurant and movie reviews (5 stars for the best, 1 star for the worst). This new rating system is aimed at translating complicated clinical data into language that provides patients and their families with an easier way to measure how well a clinic manages their patients.

“This achievement is due to the great pride that all the dialysis employees take in their work and meticulous reporting of same. The job is more than just a paycheck to all of us” “It is also through the support of the community in providing quality equipment to the dialysis unit through donations to the Mee Memorial Hospital Foundation” said Laurie Bradshaw, Department Manager at Mee Memorial Hospital Dialysis Unit.

The Mee Memorial Foundation recently donated a Reverse osmosis water purification system for the dialysis center and over the years has been of great support to the dialysis unit. The Foundation has also donated state-of-the-art dialysis equipment to the unit, allowing it to be one of the highest ranked dialysis units around the country.