Southeastern Med Approved by the NAPBC
Contact: Kelli Koch
Southeastern Med 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.
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. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
“The Breast Center Accreditation is a wonderful accomplishment made possible due to a committed effort by all members of the breast care team at Southeastern Med,” said Michael Sarap, M.D., surgeon with Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc. and Southeastern Med medical staff member. “The award takes into account available diagnostic modalities, including mammography, ultrasound, MRI and radiologic breast biopsy techniques, therapeutic treatments, which include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and breast support services, including support groups, breast navigators, education, genetics testing and many other services. The accreditation affirms that state-of-the-art care and support services have been provided and will continue to be provided to all area women with breast cancer and benign breast disease. While there are some specialty services, like breast reconstruction, that must be coordinated with other institutions, local women should be comforted and reassured that the breast care they receive by the professionals at Southeastern Med is of the highest quality.”
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 15 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 www.accreditedbreastcenters.org or contact Jen Fannin, manager of Cancer Registry at Southeastern Med, at 740-439-8156.