The Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital has been granted a 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.
"Accreditation by NAPBC is a testament to the strength of our program and illustrates the scope and caliber of breast care services we provide to patients close to home," said Fawnya Doiron, manager of the Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Southwest.
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 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be more than 220,000 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2012. 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:
The Breast Care Center at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital provides state-of-the-art screening and treatment options for patients, including Breast Tomosynthesis (3-D mammogram), radiation oncology, and more.