March 1, 2011 – Memorial Hospital’s Breast Center 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. There are only nine centers in Florida, including Memorial’s, that have this elite designation. 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. The standards established by the NAPBC include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. The NAPBC determined that Memorial Hospital has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
“We are honored to have earned this important accreditation,” said James B. Wood, Memorial Hospital’s President & CEO. “Our physicians and hospital staff worked hard to get it. This elite designation shows that we are giving our breast cancer patients the best possible care. At a time when they need support the most, our team is there to provide it.”
The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving the quality of care and the monitoring of outcomes of patients with breast diseases. 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.
According to the NAPBC, 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
- Quality breast care, close to home