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The Chester County Hospital Earns New Accreditation as a Breast Center

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) acknowledges Hospital's Breast Health Program

Released: June 23, 2010

NAPBCThe Breast Health Program at The Chester County Hospital and Health System has been granted a full, three-year 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 demonstrated 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.

Pamela Scott, MD, Breast Surgeon, says, "We are simply thrilled with this news. Several years ago, we put together a multidisciplinary team to address medical services for breast health. The key for us is bringing in different perspectives of care, such as oncology, radiology, and surgery and care coordination for our community. Our goal is prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment of breast diseases; this accreditation supports that mission." Dr. Scott is the Medical Director of the Breast Health Program at The Chester County Hospital and Health System.

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.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 192,370 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20091. 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

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit its website at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.

1. American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2009. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2009.

Last Updated: 6/24/2010