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Program earns 3-year accreditation with commendation
Date:1/3/2011

The Program in Women's Oncology and Breast Health Center at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island was recently awarded a three-year full accreditation, with commendation, by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Standards.

The accreditation was awarded after a one-day visit in late September, in which a physician reviewed the Breast Health Center's clinical facilities, patient charts and the minutes of the quarterly Cancer Committee meetings, according to Margaret M. Steinhoff, MD, chair of the Cancer Committee. The Committee also submitted data to document the Center's compliance with the 36 standards required by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and what had been accomplished since the most recent accreditation visit, in 2007.

In the accreditation, the surveyor commented, "This program is a true gem. Highlighted strengths include the experienced staff and leadership, support teams, interdisciplinary conference, integrative care, social work and breast navigation teams.

"I am greatly impressed by the well-focused, multiple-campus, multidisciplinary breast conference and the case complexity, discussions and care plan integration," the surveyor added, referring to the weekly Tumor Board sessions held at the Program in Women's Oncology in which experts from various disciplines gather to discuss the care of each patient.

In issuing the accreditation, the Breast Health Center was also given eight commendations for:

  • Outcomes analysis - publishing an annual report that includes an outcomes study
  • Abstracting timeframe being 100% compliant per surveyor case review
  • Submission of quality criteria to the national database all data was submitted without error
  • Compliance with College of American Pathology guidelines being 100% compliant with protocols per surveyor review
  • Clinical trial accrual accrual to clinical trials that is well in excess of the amount needed for
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Contact: Susan McDonald
slmcdonald@wihri.org
401-681-2816
Women & Infants Hospital
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