Breast health program receives national accreditation

The breast health program at Greenville Health System has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation from the National Accreditation for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. This is the third time Prisma Health has received this designation. Prisma Health was the first program in the Upstate to receive it in 2009.

“NAPBC accreditation is the gold standard in patient care, and it is a symbol of our commitment to providing high quality care to not only breast cancer patients but to those with benign disease as well,” said Dr. Wendy Cornett, medical director of Prisma Health’ breast health program. “This accreditation also represents an opportunity for us to learn from others and share our best practices in survivorship and multidisciplinary care.”

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 following areas: 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 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 234,190 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20151. 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 their website at accreditedbreastcenters.org.

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1. American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2015. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2015.

About Greenville Health System

Greenville Health System (Prisma Health) — an academic health system that is the largest not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in South Carolina — is committed to medical excellence through research, patient care and education. Prisma Health offers patients an innovative network of clinical integration, expertise and technologies through its eight medical campuses, tertiary medical center, research and education facilities, community hospitals, physician practices and numerous specialty services throughout the Upstate. The 1,358-bed system is home to 15 medical residency and fellowship programs. Prisma Health is also home to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, a joint effort of USC and Prisma Health. Visit ghs.org for more information.

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