By CHRIS MORRIS
NEW ALBANY —
It took 18 months to compile data and prepare its application to the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
But the hard work paid off.
The Floyd Memorial Cancer Center of Indiana, 2210 Green Valley Road, New Albany, was recently granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the NAPBC, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. 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, according to a press release announcing the center’s accreditation.
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; and information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
“This is a big success for us and the hospital,” said Rayna Withers, director of the cancer center. “It tells our patients as a facility we offer the best possible care.”
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.
“It shows our patients we take a multidisciplinary approach to our care,” said Kristy Helm, RNOCN breast cancer nurse navigator at the cancer center. “We have 27 standards we follow. Our program offers patients many options.”
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, according to its release.
“I am very happy and excited. It took a lot of work,” Helm said. “It shows our program is on the right track. Whatever the patient needs we have it available in our program.”
The Cancer Center has about 110 new breast cancer patients each year. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there will 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.
“This accreditation takes you to a higher level,” Withers said. “Everyone wants to know they are receiving excellent care. This shows that we jumped through all the hoops. From diagnosis to survival, we are capable of offering the patient all the need.”
SO YOU KNOW
• For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit accreditedbreastcenters.org. For more information on the Floyd Memorial Cancer Center of Indiana, visit floydmemorial.com/cancer or call 812-945-4000.