Longmont United Hospital Breast Center Earns Prestigious NAPBC Accreditation

(Longmont, COLO.) Longmont United Hospital’s Breast Care Center 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.

“This designation is a significant achievement and it demonstrates our commitment to providing top quality, whole person care to the women of our community,” said Gerlinde Tynan, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Breast Surgeon at Longmont United Hospital. “Our innovative programs, compassionate caregivers and state-of-the-art technology will give women a significant advantage in their battle against breast cancer.”

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting American women excluding skin cancer. A woman in the U.S. has a 1 in 8 chance that she will develop breast cancer at some point in her life. The ACS also estimates about 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women during 2018.

“The most important thing women can do to for their breast health is to get an annual mammogram,” says Longmont United Hospital Breast Radiologist, Hilarie Gutierrez, MD. “At Longmont United Hospital, we keep your care local and guide you every step of the way from mammograms to surgery to genetic counseling to survivorship programs.”

NAPBC-accredited centers embrace the entire spectrum of cancer care, providing women with access to a range of board-certified specialists, including breast surgeons, breast radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, plastic/reconstructive surgeons, genetic counselors and psychosocial support professionals. Accredited centers also offer breast nurse navigators, patient education and support, palliative care programs, survivorship programs and high-risk clinics.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous 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 who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease including proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

For more information about our Breast Care Center, please call our Oncology Nurse Navigator at 303-485-4532. To schedule a mammogram, please call 303-651-5121.

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About Longmont United Hospital
Longmont United Hospital, part of Centura Health, is a non-profit community hospital with specialty areas in Women’s & Children's Services, Heart and Vascular, Orthopedics and Spine, Neurosciences, Comprehensive Surgical Services, Cancer Care, Trauma Services, Primary Care, and Acute Medical Services. It offers quality in-patient and out-patient healthcare services including Physician Services and a 24-hour Emergency Department. The Emergency Department is a Level III Trauma Center, as designated by the state of Colorado. Visit Longmont United Hospital website.

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