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Virginia Hospital Center: Who Would You Trust With Your Breasts?
Date:4/15/2009

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a Program of the American College of Surgeons, Sets Clear, Standardized Criteria for Breast Centers

ARLINGTON, Va., April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Virginia Hospital Center is now the first and only NAPBC-accredited breast center in the entire state of Virginia and in Washington, D.C. The Hospital is one of the first 23 breast centers nationwide to receive the distinction by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a new program administered by the American College of Surgeons that sets rigorous standards for breast cancer care.

NAPBC-accredited centers provide evidence-based medicine, and undergo extensive review before selection. These comprehensive, multidisciplinary programs are assessed on 27 essential standards of breast cancer care, including imaging technologies, breadth of radiation and medical oncology programs, reconstructive surgery, survivorship programs, and a "patient navigator" to help patients through the complexities of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. A fully accredited program, such as Virginia Hospital Center's, must comply with at least 90% of these standards. Reaccreditation requires an on-site review every three years.

"It's particularly impressive that the Center for Breast Health at Virginia Hospital Center is one of the first in the nation to be accredited by the NAPBC," said David Winchester, M.D., FACS, Medical Director, Cancer Programs, American College of Surgeons and Chair, NAPBC. "The Center has passed a rigorous test, and any patient should feel very comfortable and confident about seeking treatment there."

Founded in 2007, the Center for Breast Health at Virginia Hospital Center offers patients a full range of multidisciplinary services all under one roof. All specialists -- including surgeons, breast imagers, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pl
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