Parker Adventist Hospital's Breast Program Receives the Prestigious NAPBC Accreditation

March 4, 2011 (Parker, CO) - The Trio Breast Center at Parker Adventist Hospital has received the gold standard" in accreditation for breast centers nationally. After a recent survey, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is administered by the American College of Surgeons, granted the three-year full accreditation designation to Parkers breast program.

This accreditation means that women in the Parker and surrounding communities have access to a comprehensive breast cancer program that meets the highest standards in patient care, including offering the most current treatments to achieve the best possible outcomes as evidenced by medical research.

Women in our community can be confident that they will receive the highest standard of breast care, from screening through cancer treatment and long-term survivor support, without having to leave their families or their community," says Christine Rogness, MD, general surgeon and medical director of breast program at Parker Adventist Hospital. We are pleased to be recognized as one of the few breast programs in the Rocky Mountain region to meet the high standards set by the NAPBC."

The NAPBC gives accreditation only to centers that have demonstrated their commitment to provide the highest level of breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating the full spectrum of breast disease in patients.

The standards include proficiency in the areas of leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated its commitment to offer patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast cancer.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:
" Comprehensive care - from screenings through treatment
" Access to state-of-the-art therapeutic techniques and the most up-to-date treatment knowledge
" A coordinated team approach to implement the best treatment options
" Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
" Quality breast care close to home.

Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. About one in every eight women in the U.S., or 12 percent, will develop invasive breast cancer during her lifetime, with more than 200,000 cases diagnosed in 2010. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, but the rate of death has been steadily decreasing as a result of earlier diagnosis and treatment advances.

The Trio Breast Center offers an on-site, multidisciplinary breast care team supported by advanced imaging technologies for screening and diagnosis. The Trio Breast Centers team of providers includes specially trained breast radiologists, a patient navigator, a hereditary geneticist, breast surgeons, and medical and radiation oncologists who work together to coordinate care and achieve the best possible outcomes.

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

For more information about The Trio Breast Center at Parker Adventist Hospital or to schedule a mammogram, call 303-269-4150 or visit www.parkerhospital.org/mammogram.