Baton Rouge General's Breast Center Earns NAPBC Re-Accreditation02-Aug-2012
Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General has been granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. First earning NAPBC approval in 2009 as the first breast center in Louisiana to receive the designation, this is the second full NAPBC accreditation for Baton Rouge General’s comprehensive Breast Center, a critical component to the hospital's Pennington Cancer Center.
“As the region’s first accredited Comprehensive Cancer Program, our NAPBC re-accreditation is a reflection of our multidisciplinary, physician-led team’s commitment to the highest quality standards in providing leading-edge breast care for our community,” said William Holman, President and CEO, Baton Rouge General Medical Center.
“Through Baton Rouge General’s multidisciplinary team approach to prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases, we are dedicated to ensuring women in our region have access to comprehensive, quality breast care close to home,” comments Everett Bonner, MD, FACS, Chair of Breast Committee at Baton Rouge General’s Pennington Cancer Center.
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NAPBC accreditation is given only to those breast 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 to assure that NAPBC standards are being met. Accredited breast centers also agree to maintain their high level of clinical care with recertification by the NAPBC required every three years.
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. Bringing together leaders from the major medical disciplines that routinely work together to diagnose and treat breast disease, this multidisciplinary group created 27 program standards and 17 program components of care that collectively provide the most efficient and contemporary care available for patients diagnosed with diseases of the breast. NAPBC-accredited breast centers have met the criteria set forth for each discipline treating breast disease patients.
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, excluding skin cancers, according to The American Cancer Society (ACS). ACS estimates that approximately 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the U.S. during 20121. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.
About Baton Rouge General’s Cancer Program
Baton Rouge General's 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 subsequently. Baton Rouge General's Pennington Cancer Center was most recently re-approved in March 2011 and again achieved full three-year approval with commendations in all eight cancer program standards, placing the program in the 106 top-tier cancer programs in the U.S. accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. In 2009, Baton Rouge General was the first accredited Breast Cancer Program in Louisiana by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. This accreditation assures Baton Rouge General patients benefit from: