Breast Center of Excellence
The Breast Center at Decatur Memorial Hospital is a Breast Center of Excellence and has been granted a full accreditation 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.
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
- Community outreach
- Professional education
- Quality improvement
A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients a full range of state-of-the-art services.
What does this mean for you?
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, your case will be managed by an interdisciplinary team of medical professionals including:
- General Surgeons
- Medical Oncologists
- Radiation Oncologists
- Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
- Breast Patient Navigators
- Nursing/Clinical Research Associates
- Oncology Social Worker
- Pain Management Clinicians
- Physical Therapist
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 many national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
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.
For information about the breast center services at the DMH Breast Center,