Baptist Health Earns National Breast Center Accreditation
November 12, 2012 | Jacksonville, Florida
Baptist Health 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.
The system-wide accreditation was granted following a two-day site visit that took place in October at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, Baptist Medical Center Beaches, Baptist Medical Center South and Baptist Medical Center Nassau to determine if we met the standards established by the NAPBC for providing the full spectrum of services to women who have been diagnosed with breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.
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. 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
- Quality breast care close to home
Accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing outstanding, multidisciplinary care for our patients, offering them every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease," says Dayan Sandler, MD, chief of Pathology, who serves as committee chair of System Breast Program Leadership.
Linda Allen, director of Women's Imaging, adds "This is only one step in our ongoing journey to continuously improve experiences and outcomes for patients in our community with breast health issues."
The multidisciplinary team that worked together to bring Baptist Health to accreditation status included employees and medical staff from many departments and disciplines including the RN Breast Care Coordinators, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Research, Genetics, Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Pathology, Medical Imaging, Tumor Registry, Nursing, Rehabilitative Services, Community Outreach, Community & Professional Education, Nutrition, Psychology and Administration
"I would like to congratulate all of our breast program leadership, physicians and staff throughout the entire health system for an outstanding team effort that resulted in meeting all 27 requirements for accreditation with no deficiencies," says Hospital President Michael Mayo of Baptist Jacksonville.