James Graham Brown Cancer Center Awarded National Re-Accreditation For Breast Program

December 14, 2012

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center has been granted re-accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC for another three-years/full accreditation.  The cancer center was the first cancer center in Kentucky to be granted this accreditation in 2010.

Accreditation by the NAPBC, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, is given only 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.

“This distinction represents an acknowledgment of the dedication shown by our many breast care clinicians, support staff, counselors and researchers to providing only the most outstanding and comprehensive care to our patients,” said Donald Miller, M.D., Ph.D., director of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at UofL.

“We are honored that for the past three years we have lived up to the challenge of being among the fine institutions nationwide that are NAPBC-accredited. Receiving this accreditation again underscores and re-invigorates our commitment to our patients, now and in the future.”

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 diseases, from breast cancer to benign lesions that require medical evaluation for treatment options. These standards include proficiency in the areas of: 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.

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 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.

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
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

And, most importantly,

  •  Quality breast care close to home.

“NAPBC accreditation means a great deal to us because it is recognition of our commitment to what’s at the heart of breast care,” said Barb Kruse, director of multidisciplinary clinics at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. “And that is the patients.”

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 NAPBC information:  www.accreditedbreastcenters.org

The James Graham Brown Cancer Center is a key component of the University of Louisville’s Health Sciences Center and UofL Health Care.  As the region’s leading academic, research, and teaching medical center, our patients benefit from the latest medical advances, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings.  The Brown Cancer Center is affiliated with the Kentucky Cancer Program and the National Cancer Institute.  It is the only cancer center in the region to use a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians working together to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.  For more information, visit our website www.browncancercenter.org.