Covenant Comprehensive Breast Center Approved by the NAPBC
by Augusta Sires
Covenant Comprehensive Breast Center, of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Iowa (WFH-IA), 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.
“It always amazes me how we can pull a team of specialists together to form this amazing breast program for our patients,” said Kelly Flaucher, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – Iowa Mammography Supervisor. “Everyone is fully engaged – the radiologists, technologists, surgeons, nurses, breast care navigator, medical and radiation oncology doctors and staff, and various other support staff from several modalities within WFH-IA. We all know that by making the Covenant Comprehensive Breast Center a quality breast center program, it ensures that each and every one of our patients receives the best care possible. We have always strived to put our patients first, and the focus of being an accredited breast center is the patient.”
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.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20131. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.
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.
Click Here for more information about Covenant Comprehensive Breast Center. For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.
1. American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2013. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2013.