St. Joseph Medical Center Earns National Breast Center Accreditation

St. Joseph Medical Center Earns National Breast Center Accreditation

12-31-2012

The Breast Center at St. Joseph Medical Center has earned a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the Breast Center at St. Joseph demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. In addition, the Breast Center at St. Joseph was recognized for creating clinical best practices in the areas of: navigation, breast cancer surveillance, breast cancer staging and evaluation and management of benign breast disease.

“We are honored to have achieved accreditation by the NAPBC,” said Mike Dorsey, CEO. “It’s a testament to the commitment of our Breast Center team of physicians, nurses, hospital staff and volunteers, who have worked tirelessly to ensure patients in our community receive the highest quality care possible.”

The NAPBC accreditation ensures that patients in the Breast Center at St. Joseph will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-
    art services
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best
    treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Quality breast care close to home.

“We’ve developed our Breast Center with the patient in mind,” said Colleen Johnson, Regional Director of the Breast Center. “Everything our patients need from regular screenings to state-of-the-art treatments and recovery support services are all available in one location. Patients see familiar faces when they walk in the door and know that we’re beside them through their entire journey.”

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

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