The Saint Agnes Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center has been granted a three-year/full reaccreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
The Saint Agnes Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center in Baltimore, Maryland has been granted a three-year/full reaccreditation 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.
The Saint Agnes Breast Center was first accredited in January 2010, and continues to excel and advance the care provided to its patients. 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 most recent data on three quality measures, showed Saint Agnes to exceed the performance of other programs throughout the state of Maryland,” shared Diana Griffiths, MD, Medical Director for the Saint Agnes Breast Center. “We were honored to see the reviewer’s notes cite many features of our program as being outstanding,” Dr. Griffiths shared.
As one of the first 135 hospitals nationwide, fully accredited by the NAPBC, Saint Agnes offers high quality service that exceeds all national standards set by the program. The hospital prides itself on its unique, multidisciplinary approach to breast cancer, offering patients comprehensive care at one location.
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 2013 1. 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.
For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.
1. American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2013. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2013.
About the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
The NAPBC represents a consortium of more than twenty national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. It is the first and only national accreditation program to specifically focus on breast disease. To learn more about the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers and to view the complete list of NAPBC accredited breast centers, visit: http://napbc-breast.org.
About Saint Agnes Hospital
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 276-bed hospital recently completed a $200 million-plus expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and is a full-service teaching hospital with residency programs in medicine and surgery. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute; Cardiovascular Institute; Maryland Metabolic Institute; Orthopaedic & Spine Institute; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; and The Bunting Health Institute for Women & Children. Saint Agnes opened the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services. www.stagnes.org
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