Only one of 32 nationwide to achieve NAPBC accreditation
(Bryn Mawr, PA, May 2009)—The Comprehensive Breast Center at Bryn Mawr Hospital has received three-year, full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is given to 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.
"We are thrilled to achieve this prestigious designation which recognizes the exceptional efforts of our multidisciplinary team to provide all the necessary components for complete and comprehensive breast care, including the most advanced clinical services, new treatment options and prevention and outreach programs," said Eileen Morgans, RN, BSN, CBCN, ONS, Breast Care Coordinator, Bryn Mawr Hospital.
The Comprehensive Breast Center joins only 32 others nationwide that have been granted NAPBC Accreditation. Judging is based on 27 standards categorized by center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement, and includes a wide array of necessary and supportive breast care measures and patient support, such as evaluation and management guidelines, patient navigation, breast conservation, breast cancer staging, diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, medical oncology, genetic evaluation and management, reconstructive surgery, clinical trials, and quality and outcomes. By meeting or exceeding all 27 standards without any deficiencies, the Comprehensive Breast Center received full accreditation.
NAPBC began development of its program in 2005, and the formal process of surveying breast centers for accreditation began in September 2008. 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.
The NAPBC is the second specialty certification the center has received; the first is certification from American College of Radiology.
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