Good Samaritan Again Recognized for Commitment to Breast Care
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has, for the fourth consecutive survey, been granted a 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 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 center must demonstrate 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. 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.
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 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20131. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.
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
And, most importantly,
- Quality breast care close to home.
The Good Samaritan’s Breast Health Center was created in response to community need for a comprehensive patient-focused program of early detection and diagnosis, positive reinforcement through counseling and support and effective treatment utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art equipment.
The Breast Health Center's staff is committed to a personal approach. Educational opportunities, health fairs and community programs all help to promote the philosophy that early detection is the key in the fight against this disease. In the Breast Health Center, women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer can overcome their fears and work through their concerns, assisted by a talented, experienced staff who will reach out in positive, reassuring ways.
For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.
For more information on Good Samaritan’s award-winning Breast Health Center, visit www.good-samaritan-hospital.org/breasthealthcenter or call (631) 376-4444.