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
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
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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.
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.