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Thursday, August 31, 2017 - STPH Earns NAPBC Accreditation for Breast Centers

St. Tammany Parish Hospital Breast Program Approved by the NAPBC

One of only Five Designated Programs in Louisiana

St. Tammany Parish Hospital has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those programs that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality of care for those with diseases of the breast, including breast cancer, and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. STPH is one of only five breast programs in the state of Louisiana to be designated by NAPBC.

“Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited hospital ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care,” said Greg Henkelmann MD, radiation oncologist and chair of the breast program leadership team. “This includes 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 breast care close to home. This accreditation is an important step in our desire to become the destination of choice for breast care on the Northshore.”   

During the survey process, the program must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of both benign and cancerous breast disease.  The standards include proficiency in the areas of: program leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.  A breast program that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 252,710 women and 2,470 men diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20181. In addition, over 63,000 new cases of in situ lesions of the breast were expected to be diagnosed and hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.

1.  American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2017. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2017.                                                                       

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About St. Tammany Parish Hospital

A full-service acute care facility committed to providing world-class healthcare and the latest technology, St. Tammany Parish Hospital delivers today’s life-improving procedures with the utmost care to area residents with emphasis on wellness, preventive care and disease management close to home. STPH is recognized for quality, safety and the patient experience by Leapfrog, Hospital Compare, Healthgrades, CareChex and Women’s Choice. STPH is a self-supporting not-for-profit community hospital; it receives no ad valorem tax funding. Learn more at stph.org.

 

About NAPBC

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 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.