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Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s Breast Cancer Program Accredited by the NAPBC

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Cancer, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

SH_SCC_1line_clr_tag_rgbSACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento has been granted a three-year, full reaccreditation 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.

“We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts to improve the quality of care we give patients,” said Nitin Rohatgi, M.D., medical director of the Breast Cancer Program. “We are proud to share with them a multidisciplinary Breast Tumor Site Team, innovative treatment options, clinical trials, a dedicated patient navigator and comprehensive support including education and complementary therapies.”

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 estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2013. 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.

“We treat patients with the most current, scientifically proven strategies in a kind and compassionate manner,” added Dr. Rohatgi. “The recognition from the NAPBC is evidence of our commitment.”

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit http://www.accreditedbreastcenters.org/.

For more information about Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and its cancer care services, visit http://www.suttermedicalcenter.org/ and http://www.suttercancer.org/.

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1.  American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2013. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2013.                            

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Cancer, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments