United Hospital Breast Center earns national breast cancer certification
ST. PAUL, Minn. 11/17/2010--United Hospital's Breast Center 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. United Hospital's Breast Center is one of only three in Minnesota to have earned this distinction.
Accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers 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.
"We are proud of the achievement the NAPBC certification represents," said Rosemary Oolman, RN, MA, OCN, patient care manager, United Hospital Breast Center. "Particularly gratifying is that the United Breast Center passed all 27 standards on which the NAPBC evaluates programs. That's a reflection of the outstanding care provided by our staff, and the superior technology and support services we all provide that ensures quality care and screening for patients with breast health concerns or breast cancer."
The NAPBC report on the United Hospital's Breast Center survey congratulated the center for its strong leadership and multidisciplinary program.
During the survey process, the center was required to 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 demonstrates a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there were more than 190,000 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2009. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.
About United Hospital Breast Center
The Breast Center of United Hospital is a comprehensive program of screening, diagnostic, treatment and support services for women with benign and malignant breast disease. The Breast Center provides quality care from a team of professionals, backed by the latest technology.
United Hospital, part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, is the largest hospital in the Twin Cities east metro area. It is a non-profit hospital providing a full range of health care services to more than 200,000 people each year.
United offers a wide range of health services including a birth center, cardiac care in the Nasseff Heart Center, emergency care, oncology, orthopedics, neurosciences and epilepsy, a pain center, rehabilitation, medical imaging and surgery. More information about the hospital, which is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, can be found at unitedhospital.com.
About the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving the care and objectively monitoring the outcomes of breast care programs. NAPBC-accredited programs offer comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for patients with breast disease. NAPBC accreditation standards include:
- having a team approach to coordinated care and treatment options
- access to breast cancer-related information, education, and support
- breast cancer data collection on quality indicators for all subspecialties involved in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment
- ongoing monitoring and care improvement
- information about clinical trials and new treatment options.
For more about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers standards, go to accreditedbreastcenters.org.
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