WATERLOO (KWWL) -- A breast cancer diagnosis can send your mind racing with so many concerns and questions.
But thanks to a newly-accredited breast center in the Cedar Valley, patients can get the answers and help they need close to home.
Here's Health Plus:
Pat Brown's life is different now that she's been diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I went in for a physical, my yearly physical, and the doctors had found a lump and they sent me over here for mammograms. It blew my mind there for a while. It was kind of devastating. It took me a while to really realize what was going on," she said.
The 66-year-old Hazleton woman had surgery in October and is wrapping up chemotherapy before starting radiation.
She's grateful Covenant's Comprehensive Breast Center has been there for her every step of the way.
"Doctors are great. They do great work. The nurses. It's just a beautiful hospital. Do great things," she added.
The breast center in Covenant Medical Center has been granted full accreditation by a national program through the American College of Surgeons.
"It feels very good to be part of this team because it takes everybody to be involved and be invested then in providing them the national standard of care," said Dr. Neil McMahon.
The designation puts the center among an elite group of only 200 in the U.S. and four in Iowa with a similar status.
Nearly 100 staff members add a personal touch to the comprehensive breast center that offers patients unique services close to home.
"We have a comprehensive breast center like this in the Cedar Valley. They can be assured that's one of the things they don't have to debate about. They can come here and get the care that is the national standard," he added.
The accreditation took months of evaluation to achieve.
Online reporter/News anchor: Tara Thomas