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Santa Rosa breast care specialists earn NAPBC Accreditation



St. Joseph Health-affiliated breast care experts in Sonoma County – all members of the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital oncology team and formerly leaders within Redwood Regional Medical Group– have been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The breast care program based in Santa Rosa, Calif., was compliant with all 27 standards in the accreditation program, which is administered by the American College of Surgeons, and there were no deficiencies noted.


  • Charles Elboim, MD, breast care program medical director, Annadel Medical Group; breast surgeon at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
  • Amy Shaw, MD, medical director, Cancer Survivorship Program, Annadel Medical Group

Distinguished North Bay medical team earned three-year, full accreditation for comprehensive care of breast disease

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) awards accreditation only to centers that voluntarily commit to highest quality breast care and rigorous evaluation

July 1, 2014, SANTA ROSA, CA – A breast care program led by cancer specialists with Annadel Medical Group and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital earned three-year/full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Care Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The team is led by clinicians formerly of Redwood Regional Medical Group, the majority of whom joined St. Joseph Health-affiliated Annadel Medical Group in April of 2014.

The NAPBC only gives accreditation to centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care, and which undergo a thorough 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 diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. Standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

The NAPBC evaluation surveyor cited this Santa Rosa program (formerly led by Redwood Regional Medical clinicians and now under the oversight of Annadel Medical Group and Santa Rosa Memorial) as "an example of interdisciplinary care provided in an excellent manner." The surveyor also noted that "excellent genetics counseling (is) given at all appropriate times," and awarded a Best Practices commendation to the program's Breast Cancer Surveillance team, specifically citing Dr. Amy Shaw's survivorship care and primary care oncology programs.

The group, who in partnership with radiologist colleagues also received recognition for operating an American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, exceeded every national standard for care of its breast cancer patients, including breast surgery, medical and radiation oncology.

According to outcomes of the NAPBC survey:

  • The group excelled in all 27 areas of components of care.
  • The medical oncology team garnered praise for their high level of care, and for participating in the American Society of Clinical Oncology's QOPI program, which measures quality care.
  • The group was cited as being unique for spending the time and resources to develop a database and appropriate infrastructure to monitor and analyze the care provided in great detail.
  • The group's weekly Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference, during which every woman with a new diagnosis of breast cancer has the specifics of her case reviewed by a committee of breast radiologists, pathologists, breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, primary care oncology, medical genetics, and primary care physicians, was lauded as a comprehensive approach to care.

A breast center achieving NAPBC accreditation must demonstrate a firm commitment to offering its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. Receiving care at an 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
  • Quality breast care close to home

Amy Shaw, MD, medical director of the Cancer Survivorship Program, is a primary care physician who collaborates with oncologists in treating the lingering effects of cancer therapies in patients who have completed treatment. She helps patients achieve optimal health and a high quality of life. Dr. Shaw also is working to fully integrate Santa Rosa Memorial and St. Joseph Health services benefitting cancer patients and survivors. These include primary, oncology and surgical care, plus physical rehabilitation, behavioral health and palliative care.

"Cancer survival rates are much higher today than they were 40 years ago," Dr. Shaw said. "About 70 percent of patients survive beyond five years today, and our programs are designed to help survivors address chronic or late-onset side effects of treatment whenever they occur throughout their lifetimes."

"This national accreditation is a significant honor, and is a testament to the work we are doing with cancer patients," said Charles Elboim, MD, medical director of the group's Breast Center. "With our program of interdisciplinary care, we who are part of St. Joseph Health's network of care are firmly committed to offering patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. That includes personalizing that care to fit the needs of the patient."

The group satisfied every NAPBC standard for care of its breast cancer patients, including breast surgery, medical and radiation oncology, said Cary Kaufman, MD, FACS, chairman of the board of the NAPBC, who surveyed the Breast Center at Redwood Regional, now part of Santa Rosa Memorial's outpatient services. "The integrated program met the stringent criteria of NAPBC to qualify for full accreditation, which is a distinction reserved for only the best; [it] is an example of interdisciplinary care provided in an exceptional manner and their excellent genetic counseling is given at all appropriate times."

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 28 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 and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital:

St. Joseph Health (SJH) is a not-for-profit, integrated health care delivery system that includes 16 hospitals, physician organizations, home health agencies, hospice care, outpatient services, skilled nursing facilities and community outreach services. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, St. Joseph Health has provided care in Sonoma County, California, since 1950, when Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital opened. The 278-bed hospital is the sole facility in the county to have earned accreditation by the Commission on Cancer. Related services include but are not limited to St. Joseph Health's palliative care and hospice services, as well as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.

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