UW Health Breast Center Receives Accreditation
The UW Health Breast Center was lauded for its "extraordinary level of patient-centered, integrated care" in its re-accreditation visit in late April from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
University Hospital received the first accreditation in 2010 with re-accreditations in 2013, 2016 and 2019 to include both University Hospital and 1 S. Park locations.
The accreditation is only granted to centers which voluntarily commit to providing the highest level of breast care and which have undergone a rigorous evaluation process and performance review.
“This is a truly outstanding, comprehensive breast care program, that at every level provides an extraordinary level of patient centered, integrated care,’’ the 2019 reviewers wrote. “Strong leadership and vision; active participation by clinical partners from all relevant departments; a robust multi-disciplinary breast cancer conference; diverse and comprehensive support services; and a strong organizational structure contribute to the excellence - a message that should be widely shared with the fortunate patients in the region.
“In summary, congratulations and thanks to Dr. Lee Wilke and the entire team for putting together a great program and providing outstanding care every day. Keep up the outstanding work.”
Centers must demonstrate compliance with NAPBC standards, which include proficiency in center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.
According to the NAPBC, center accreditation ensures patients 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
The NAPBC represents a consortium of national, 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. NAPBC-accredited breast centers are found in each of the 50 states and in the District of Columbia.
Date Published: 04/30/2019