The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center (ECCC) Diagnostic Breast Center and the Cabell Huntington Hospital Breast Health Center have each been granted a three-year designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. These are the only breast centers in Huntington, WV with this accreditation.
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. The Edwards Comprehensive Cancer Center Diagnostic Breast Center has two full-time breast surgeons and the Tri-State region’s only fellowship-trained surgical breast oncologist.
“The significance of the accreditation as a patient means that when you walk through our door, you and your family should feel assured that on each level, everyone is committed to providing you with the highest quality of care,” said Dr. Shawn McKinney, surgical breast oncologist at the ECCC Diagnostic Breast Center. “Our breast health program stands apart not only in its superior diagnostic, treatment and support services, but is distinct in providing a true team approach. It is rare to have such a committed and compassionate group of physicians, nurses, technicians, therapists and staff who consistently put patients first to give them the care they deserve close to home.”
During the survey process, the centers must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with any of the full spectrum of breast diseases. The standards include proficiency in the areas of 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 and offers patients 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 health care close to home.
For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their website at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.