Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Winchester Medical Center Breast Program Re-Accredited
Winchester Medical Center’s breast care program has been re-accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
“WMC was first designated as an NAPBC-accredited breast center in 2009, the first program in our tri-state area to earn this designation,” said Anita Minghini, MD, general surgeon and chair of the WMC breast care committee. “This re-accreditation demonstrates that our patients continue to receive comprehensive, coordinated care by a multi-disciplinary team, with access to new treatment options and clinical trials.”
The WMC breast care committee reviews the entire breast care process, from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. For patients with breast disease, coordination between various care providers can be significant, with referrals coming from OB/GYNs, family practitioners and internists; diagnosis by radiologists, surgeons and pathologists; and treatment by surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, and, sometimes, plastic surgeons. A Patient Navigator is available to help patients progress through the care process. Other support services include patient education and community outreach.
To earn NAPBC certification, a center must undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of its performance and demonstrate compliance with standards for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. To maintain accreditation, centers must monitor compliance with NAPBC standards to ensure quality care, and undergo an on-site review every three years.
Of the approximately 1,000 new cancer patients diagnosed at WMC each year, about 20% have breast cancer.
To learn more about WMC’s accredited breast care program, visit the Valley Health website at www.valleyhealthlink.com/breastcare. For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, go to www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.