Dec 23, 2013

Mercy Medical’s Breast Care Center achieves NAPBC accreditation



(Photo courtesy of Sisters of Providence Health System)
Editor’s note: The following is the text of a Dec. 20 press release from the Sisters of Providence Health System, which owns and operates Mercy Medical Center.

SPRINGFIELD – The Breast Care Center at Mercy Medical Center has been granted a three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (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.

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 following areas: 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.

“A diagnosis of breast cancer or breast disease can leave a patient with serious questions about where to turn for treatment.  This accreditation provides an assurance to patients of the Mercy Breast Care Center that they will receive comprehensive care, including a full-range of state-of-the art services, and a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options,” said Lisa Planeta, MD, FACS, Breast Surgeon, Breast Care Center, Mercy Medical Center (pictured above at right).

“The clinical team at the Mercy Breast Care Center has embraced standards of high quality care, always treating patients with dignity and compassion. The NAPBC accreditation provides independent, objective verification of the success of their dedicated efforts to provide quality breast care close to home,” said Scott Wolf, DO, MPH, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Mercy Medical Center (also pictured above).

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.  The 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.