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Hospitals now accredited breast centers
Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals have been granted a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Only seven hospitals in Illinois have attained this achievement; Adventist Hinsdale Hospital is the only accredited hospital in DuPage County.

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. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals met all 27 standards for accreditation.

“Achieving NAPBC accreditation underscores our firm commitment to offer patients high-quality care and every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease,” said Dr. Patricia Madej, an oncologist who treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital.

This accomplishment means Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals:
•    are fully qualified to offer the full spectrum of interdisciplinary care to patients with breast disease,
•    afford patients the most currently available forms of evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care,
•    have passed a rigorous evaluation by independent clinical surveyors who have awarded their nationally recognized seal of approval.

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.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2009, 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed and 40,170 women will die from breast cancer.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures patients 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
•    quality breast care close to home.

“This accreditation emphasizes our dedication to providing world-class breast cancer care right in our community,” “This accreditation emphasizes our dedication to providing world-class breast cancer care right in our community,” said David L. Crane, president and chief executive officer of Adventist Midwest Health. “This is what our patients have come to expect at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial hospitals.”

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