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August 28, 2012

Methodist Breast Care Center Earns Re-Accreditation From American College of Surgeons' Program

(OMAHA) – Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center (MECC) Breast Care Center has been granted a three-year, full re-accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

MECC is the first breast care center in Nebraska and any of the bordering states to earn re-accreditation. In 2009, MECC was the first breast care center in the region to earn the accreditation.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is granted only to breast 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.

How important is accreditation? 

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), approximately 185,000 patients were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2008.  In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who dealt with benign breast disease required medical evaluation for treatment options.

“Re-accreditation ensures that our patients have access to comprehensive breast health care, including a knowledgeable and caring staff, a full-range of state-of-the-art services, and a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best course of action for treatment,”  said James Reilly, M.D., medical director of clinical services for MECC Breast Care Center.  “We also provide our patients with information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, which equates to quality breast health care close to home.”

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring 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, from the initial assessment and diagnosis to survivorship.

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