Providence breast centers honored with prestigious accreditation

December 05, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Ruth J. Spear Breast Center at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and the Safeway Foundation Breast Center at Providence Portland Medical Center have received a three-year, full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, or NAPBC. Only breast centers that voluntarily commit to providing the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous performance evaluation process by the American College of Surgeons receive the recognition.

During the review, Providence clinicians and employees demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed across the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.

“Reviewers called out several key points of excellence in the care we provide,” said Sue Cook, RN, Ruth J. Spear Breast Center and Safeway Foundation Breast Center manager. “Those included the level of participation and clinical input during breast tumor conferences and the prevalent discussion of clinical trials and genetic testing and risk assessment.”

Breast centers that achieve NAPBC accreditation have demonstrated a firm commitment to offer patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

“This speaks to what we do every day for every one of our patients,” said Laurel Soot, M.D., Providence Cancer Center breast health program medical director. “We are here to serve our patients, to walk the journey with them – every day of it – and to do all that is possible to help them”

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.

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.


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Providence Cancer Center, a part of Providence Health & Services, offers the latest in cancer services, including diagnostic, treatment, prevention, education, support and internationally renowned research. The Earle A. Chiles Research Institute at Providence Cancer Center is one of 10 research institutions selected to form the International Immuno-Oncology Network. This global collaboration will focus on helping the body’s own immune system fight cancer and bring more clinical trials to more patients in our community than ever before.