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National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)

Augusta Health Cancer Center Receives Full Accreditation from the National Accreditation Program fo Breast Centers

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)The Augusta Health Breast Health Program is the first hospital in the region to receive full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Accreditation is granted only to those centers that undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of performance and compliance with 27 evidence-based standards of care covering 17 components of care. The next closest accredited programs are in Winchester and Richmond.

"NAPBC accreditation is awarded to centers who take a multidisciplinary, team-oriented approach to breast cancer care," said Brad Johnson, Augusta Health Cancer Center Director. "Instead of care being provided in a fragmented way, all of our medical specialties involved in treating the patient—pathology, radiology, surgery, medical oncology and radiation oncology—review the cases together and create a customized plan for each patient."

Breast Health Navigator Meg Shrader with a patientAlso key to Augusta Health's accreditation is the Breast Cancer Navigator. Augusta Health's Breast Navigator is Meg Shrader. "As Navigator, Meg helps simplify the complex healthcare maze for each patient, and lets them know they are not going through this alone. She's not just a point of contact; she's a guide who is with them every step of the way."

"I am beyond thrilled to let women, men and families of the Valley know that we offer quality, compassionate breast care. We do an excellent job and this accreditation acknowledges that. It's a powerful message to send—you don't have to travel for the best care—and even if you do travel, you may not get the type of care you can get Augusta Health. The quality, compassion and teamwork recognized by NAPBC accreditation are only available right here."

Centers that seek NAPBC accreditation do so voluntarily. Participation includes completion of a comprehensive on-line application and an on-site inspection by an NAPBC surveyor who verifies the availability of 17 components of care, and validates compliance with 27 evidence-based standards of care required to achieve NAPBC accreditation. To maintain accreditation the center is required to document ongoing compliance with the standards on an annual basis and undergo an on-site inspection every three years. The NAPBC is a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

The NAPBC is a national coalition of professional healthcare organizations dedicated to the highest quality of care for women and men diagnosed with diseases of the breast. The NAPBC promotes a holistic approach to treatment for patients, and provides a framework for a continuum of care that meets the needs of the whole person and not just the disease. The program is administered by the American College of Surgeons. Visit the NAPBC website to learn more.

NAPBC 17 Components of Care

  • Imaging
  • Needle Biopsy
  • Pathology/Lab
  • Interdisciplinary Conference
  • Patient Navigation
  • Genetic Eval/Management
  • Surgical Care
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Nursing Care
  • Medical Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Data Management
  • Research/Clinical trials
  • Supportive Care and Rehab
  • Outreach and Education
  • Quality Improvement
  • Survivorship Programming