(August 19, 2013) — The Breast Center at the AAMC Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute has once again been granted another three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is given only 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. The center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.
“We believe strongly in the talents and capabilities of our entire health care team and in our ability to provide the very best breast health care to our community of women,” said Lorraine Tafra, MD, breast surgeon and medical director of the Breast Center. “This accreditation validates that great care, and the Center’s regional and national standing as a leader in breast care.”
The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease, according to the NAPBC.
In its evaluation of the breast center, the NAPBC noted that “the Institute is an outstanding program providing excellent patient-focused care. There are many best practices within this program and the breast physician leadership and breast program team members are exceptional.”
Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient 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
• The highest possible quality of breast care.