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Breast Center Gains Accreditation from National Accreditation Program
09/28/2012
Palmetto Health Breast Center Gains Accreditation from
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

While October may be National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Palmetto Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality of breast care year-round. The Palmetto Health 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. The Palmetto Health Breast Center also received full accreditation from the NAPBC in 2009, becoming the first facility in South Carolina to receive this recognition.

Accreditation is only given to those centers that commit 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.

Dr. Alden Sweatman, one of the directors of the Palmetto Health Breast Center and surgeon with Surgical Associates of South Carolina, says, “The accreditation of our Breast Care Program by the NAPBC validates the top-to-bottom strength and quality of the multidisciplinary breast care available at Palmetto Health. The ease with which we accomplished the reaccreditation shows the continued dedication of the staff and physicians in their ongoing effort to offer excellent breast care.”

The American Cancer Society estimated that there would be 230,480 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2011. In addition, there are hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year and 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 multi-disciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
• Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
• Quality breast care close to home

The Palmetto Health Breast Center met all 27 requirements established by NAPBC for the accreditation, demonstrating a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. The center performs about 50,000 mammograms a year. Center features include:
• Digital mammography
• Computer assisted detection
• MRI-guided, ultrasound-guided and stereotactic breast biopsy
• Immediate results for most diagnostic patients
• Biopsy results typically within 24 hours
• Weekly breast cancer conferences for treatment planning since 1995
• Nurse Navigators who guide patients through their decision making process and treatment since 1994
• Support and educational programs including Bosom Buddies and MARYS (Meeting And Reviving Your Spirit)
• Mobile mammography

In addition to our facilities on the campuses of Palmetto Health Baptist and Palmetto Health Richland, appointments are available at all Palmetto Health locations including Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge and Northeast Diagnostics, as well as at our Mobile Mammography van. To schedule an appointment, call 803-296-8888.

For more information about the Palmetto Health Breast Center, call 803-296-CARE (2273), or visit PalmettoHealth.org/BreastCenter.

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About Palmetto Health
Palmetto Health, the largest healthcare system and non-governmental employer in South Carolina, is composed of more than 10,000 team members, physicians and volunteers working together to fulfill Palmetto Health’s vision: to be remembered by each patient as providing the care and compassion we want for our families and ourselves. The system includes four acute-care hospitals – Palmetto Health Baptist, Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Palmetto Health Heart Hospital and Palmetto Health Richland – as well as an expansive physician practice network, dozens of affiliated clinics and specialty care practices, and a 501(c)(3) foundation. Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge, the region’s newest hospital located in northwest Columbia, is scheduled to open in December 2013. Recognized nationally as one of the best places to work and receive care, Palmetto Health also trains the next generation of physicians through its 23 residency and fellowship programs affiliated with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.PalmettoHealth.org.

About NAPBC
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 by 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.