Baton Rouge General Earns NAPBC Accreditation for Breast Services

Baton Rouge General’s (BRG) Pennington Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. In 2009, BRG’s cancer program was the first in Louisiana to be granted accreditation by NAPBC.

“As the number one ranked cancer care provider in the area (Care Chex, 2015), our cancer center offers the highest quality detection, diagnosis, recovery and treatment options, right here in Baton Rouge,” said BRG President and CEO Mark Slyter. “This recognition is another example of the exceptional care that has made us a cancer leader in the region.”

Baton Rouge General's Pennington Cancer Center is the region's first accredited and comprehensive cancer program, which includes a full slate of resources dedicated to helping women fight breast cancer. This re-accreditation demonstrates BRG’s firm commitment in offering its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

“One out of every eight women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their lifetime,” said Dr. Everett Bonner, Breast Program Leadership chair and cancer liaison for the American College of Surgeons. “Our patients have access to a patient navigator, as well as information on clinical trials, new treatments, genetic counseling, social support, arts in medicine, and physical rehabilitation.”

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.

Louisiana’s breast cancer rates are somewhat higher than the country as a whole, said Dr. Claire Roberts, Director of Breast Imaging. “Though national breast cancer incidence rates have been declining since 2000, Louisiana’s breast cancer rates are rising. Early detection and screening are key in improving outcomes.”

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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital with 590 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in the capital city, Baton Rouge General opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. For more information, visit BRGeneral.org, find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/BatonRougeGeneral and follow us on Twitter at @BRGeneral.

Baton Rouge General's Pennington Cancer Center was approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program in 1989 and was the first cancer program in the region to attain approval. The program has maintained continuous approval and was most recently re-approved in October 2014.

About NAPBC

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.

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