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

September 21, 2015

Saint Peter’s Breast Center granted three-year accreditation by NAPBC
Breast cancer survivors said thanks to the Saint Peter’s Breast Center team during a visit earlier this summer. Front row, from left: Kim Dixon, MD; patients Pam DeRanieri, North Brunswick, Diane Tenore, Matawan, and Karen Mazukiewicz, Princeton; Lisa Hopkins, MD. Back row, from left: patient Janet Amin, East Brunswick, Susan McManus, MD; patients Joann Pollock, North Brunswick, and Stacie Benick, North Brunswick.



NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital has been granted a three-year/full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, or 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, and in 2012.

“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 to accurately diagnose and manage breast disease.

“The Breast Center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital was the first NAPBC-accredited center in central New Jersey,” said an NAPBC surveyor. “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, 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

  • Moving On 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 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2013, 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

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