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Saint Peter’s Breast Center granted three-year accreditation by NAPBC

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (August 23, 2012) - The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital 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. The Saint Peter’s Breast Center also received full accreditation from the NAPBC in 2009, becoming the first breast center in central New Jersey to be accredited by the organization.

“We are certainly proud to be re-accredited,” said Susan McManus, MD, director of the Saint Peter’s Breast Center. “We strive on a daily basis to improve the care and experience of all of our patients at the Saint Peter’s Breast Center.”

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 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.

“The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital was the first NAPBC- accredited center in central New Jersey,” said Dean T. Nora, MD, an NAPBC surveyor. “Over the last three years they have demonstrated a commitment to the guidelines and standards set by the NAPBC to effect positive change. I believe the Saint Peter’s Breast Center has an important impact in the community.”

The members of the Saint Peter’s Breast Center pool their expertise, covering multiple medical specialties, to design a customized treatment program for each patient. Using the most advanced oncology treatment options available today, Saint Peter’s offers a full range of state-of-the-art services, including:

  • Women's Imaging
  • Screening and Diagnostic Mammography Services
  • Bone Density
  • Breast Surgery
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Survivorship Services
    • MovingOn Therapeutic Exercise Program for Patients in Treatment
    • Nutrition and Social Services
    • Lymphedema Prevention and Rehabilitation
    • Wellness
  • Genetic Counseling

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 estimated there would be 192,370 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2009, its latest estimate. 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 Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.

About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; and Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corporation, which oversees the system's outpatient facilities. These include the CARES Surgicenter; New Brunswick Cardiac Cath Lab; Community Care Services, Inc.; the Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center, Inc., a residential skilled nursing facility in Somerset; and Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center in Monroe Township. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit www.saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600.

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Contact:
Philip Hartman
Director of Public Relations
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
New Brunswick, N.J.
732-339-7002
phartman@saintpetersuh.com