Fremont, Calif. – April 16, 2013 - Washington Hospital today announced its latest
achievement, a three-year full accreditation designation of its Breast
Health Program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
(NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
The Washington Women’s Center Breast Health Program is a leader in
providing high quality, diagnostic, treatment, education and support services
for women. In 2009, it was the first in Northern California, and only
the third in the state, to be fully accredited by the NAPBC. “This
latest recognition is a testament to the hard work of a truly talented
and dedicated group of physicians, nurses and support staff who, working
together, here at Washington Hospital are creating a facility that not
only serves the needs of our residents, but does so at a level second
to none,” said Nancy Farber, CEO.
“We’re extremely proud of this achievement because of what
it means to the level of care we provide our community,” said Dr.
William Dugoni, medical director of Washington Hospital’s Women’s
Health Program and co-chair of the Breast Health Committee. “Our
team approach to the treatment of breast disease is resulting in the highest
standards of care being provided to our patients. We are committed to
providing patients with quality care close to home and this accreditation
confirms that patients with breast disease are receiving the full spectrum
of treatment and follow-up care at our facility.”
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.
“This accreditation means that women treated at Washington Hospital
have access to state-ofthe-art services and comprehensive breast care,”
said Dr. Vandana B. Sharma, medical director of Washington Hospital’s
Cancer Genetics Program and co-chair of the Breast Health Committee. “Every
patient treated at Washington Hospital is provided access to highly trained
specialists who are experts in the detection and treatment of breast disease.
This multidisciplinary approach to care ensures that women will be informed
about the latest clinical trials and new treatment options.”
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. A breast center
that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to
offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against
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,
- Quality breast care close to home.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340
patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in
20131 In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign
breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.
The Washington Women’s Center Breast Health Program ensures seamless
access to hospitalbased services and a team approach to patient-centered
care which includes: Breast Tumor Board, Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer
Series, Reach to Recovery Volunteers, Breast Cancer Support Group and
the Breast Care Conference. To learn more about the programs and services
offered at the Washington Women’s Center, visit www.whhs.com/womenscenter.
About Washington Township Health Care District: Washington Township Health
Care District is governed by an elected board of directors. Unlike a municipal
or county hospital, Washington Hospital’s operating expenses, research,
community programs, and employee salaries are funded by revenues generated
through providing patient and other health care services. Washington Hospital
Healthcare System includes a 389-bed acute-care hospital; the Taylor McAdam
Bell Neuroscience Institute; The Gamma Knife® Center; Washington Radiation
Oncology Center; Washington Outpatient Surgery Center; Washington Outpatient
Rehabilitation Center; Washington Interventional Center; Institute for
Joint Restoration and Research; the Institute for Minimally Invasive and
Robotic Surgery; and Washington West, a complex which houses Washington
Women’s Center, Outpatient Imaging Center, Sandy Amos R.N. Infusion
Center, Washington Urgent Care and additional outpatient hospital services
and administrative facilities.