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Local Breast Center Earns Full NAPBC Accreditation

Posted on: 01/22/2014

HERMITAGE, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2014) — TriStar Summit Medical Center’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. TriStar Summit is the latest facility in Middle Tennessee to earn this elite designation.

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.

“Designation as a NAPBC-accredited Breast Center underscores our long-standing commitment to providing the highest possible levels of quality care to the community we serve,” said Jeff Whitehorn, CEO, TriStar Summit Medical Center. “We are pleased and proud to have our efforts recognized; thank you to our physicians and employees who worked diligently to achieve this result.”

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 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2013. 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
• Quality breast care close to home.

For more information about TriStar Summit’s Breast Center or a free physician referral, please call TriStar MedLine at 615.342.1919 or visit TriStarSummit.com. 

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