Breast Center at EUHM Receives Three-Year Accreditation

November 2010

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) has awarded a Three-Year Full Accreditation to the Breast Center at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM).  The NAPBC, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, is a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and the monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast. The multidisciplinary group's board has defined 27 program standards and 17 program components of care that collectively provide the most efficient and contemporary care available for patients diagnosed with diseases of the breast.

The program at EUHM was not only compliant with all NAPBC standards, but "exceeded" them according to the site surveyor. The surveyor's written remarks also stated that the "(the center's) level of medical care is cutting edge with strong research" and that it was "the best program I have seen as an NAPBC surveyor."

As both the director of the Breast Center at EUHM as well as its ACS Commission on Cancer Liaison Physician, Dr. Monica Rizzo led the application process and was responsible for reviewing the 27 standards and making certain that the center was compliant. The standards included such rating categories as interdisciplinary patient management, patient navigator, sentinel node biopsy, breast conservation, stereotactic core needle biopsy, genetic evaluation and management, reconstructive surgery, and so forth.

"We are very pleased to receive this accreditation, which highlights the quality of care and outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast,” says Dr. Rizzo. "The goal of our multi-disciplinary team of breast health specialists is to tailor treatments to each patient's specific disease needs in order to provide the best possible outcomes. This accreditation validates our efforts and dedication in patient care excellence."