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The Breast Center at St. Joseph Health Regional Cancer Care Receives Full Three-Year Re-Accreditation for High Quality Breast Care

04/19/2017

April 19, 2017, SANTA ROSA, Calif. –St. Joseph Health Regional Cancer Care's Breast Center, led by cancer specialists with St. Joseph Health Medical Group, earned a three-year, full re-accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

The NAPBC program, administered by the American College of Surgeons, only accredits centers that have committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care. During the survey process, the center voluntarily underwent a thorough evaluation and demonstrated its compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. Standards include proficiency in the areas of leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. Receiving care at an NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient has 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 care, close to home

"This national accreditation is a significant honor," said Charles Elboim, MD, medical director of the Breast Center. "This is a testament to our commitment to caring for each of our patients. We personalize our care to fit the needs of every patient, reducing the risk of breast cancer, or treating breast cancer with compassion and personal support.”

According to outcomes of the survey, the group excelled in all 29 components of care and exceeded every national standard. The NAPBC surveyor described the Breast Center as providing an “excellent level of care” for both malignant and benign breast disease with noteworthy programs, including a “robust” education, prevention and early detection program and active access to clinical trials.

The program was also applauded for several “best practices.” A multidisciplinary group of breast specialists (including radiologists, pathologists, breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, primary care oncologists, patient navigators and genetic cancer risk evaluation and genetic testing specialists) meet weekly to review and discuss every woman’s new case and determine the best course of action. The surveyor highly praised the checklist tool used in this conference, calling it a best practice that ensures every woman with a new diagnosis of breast cancer has relevant areas of her case discussed.

The “physician-directed survivorship care team that participates in patient management from diagnosis to end of treatment” was highly lauded and also cited as a best practice. Through the program, caregivers assist patients before, during and after cancer treatment with everything from decision making to coordination of care between cancer specialists and a patient’s individual primary care physician.

“Due to improved treatments, cancer survival rates are much higher today than they were even 20 years ago and patients often live a normal lifespan after being treated for cancer,” said Amy Shaw, MD, medical director of the St. Joseph Health’s Cancer Survivorship Program and a Family Physician who specializes in cancer survivorship. “But even curative cancer treatments can cause long-term health problems and that is where our cancer survivorship program comes in. We are committed to helping patients from the moment they are diagnosed by collaborating closely with a patient’s oncology specialists by treating any lingering physical and psychological symptoms from the cancer therapies and cancer experience.”

About the NAPBC
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is a consortium of national, professional organizations focused on breast health and dedicated to the improvement of quality care and outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast through evidence-based standards and patient and professional education. The NAPBC strategically built its leadership by inviting leaders from the major disciplines that routinely work together to diagnose and treat breast disease to become part of the consortium. Working toward one goal, this multidisciplinary group formed the NAPBC Board that mutually defined 29 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.

About St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County
St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County is a not-for-profit provider of integrated health care, sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. Its mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange by improving health and quality of life in the communities it serves. Entities include the 338-bed Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (the region’s Level II Trauma Center), the 80-bed Petaluma Valley Hospital, Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma, North County Hospice, St. Joseph Urgent Care centers, and St. Joseph Home Care Network. The organization’s more than 2,000 local employees offer residents of California’s North Coast a spectrum of healthcare services. These include Family Birthing, Neonatal Intensive Care supported by an affiliation with UCSF, pediatrics, preventive care and health promotion, outpatient behavioral health care, palliative care, rehabilitation, and community benefit programs. Visit stjoesonoma.org to learn more.

About St. Joseph Health Regional Cancer Care

St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County and providers from St. Joseph Health Medical Group (formerly Annadel Medical Group) have collaborated as St. Joseph Health Regional Cancer Care, which offers patients a comprehensive spectrum of cancer treatment. From early detection and diagnosis, to after care (survivorship care) patients receive exceptional care throughout their entire cancer journey. Services include screening and diagnostics, imaging, medical oncology, radiation oncology, high risk program, primary care oncology and survivorship care, genetic cancer risk evaluation and genetic testing, clinical trials and research, patient navigation, rehabilitation, surgery, and multiple support service. To learn more about all of the services offered please visit www.stjoesonoma.org/cancer.

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