GHS breast health program earns national reaccreditation
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Georgetown Hospital System’s breast health program has earned reaccreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, which recognizes only those centers with a firm commitment to offering patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
The hospital system’s program is one of only eight centers in the Palmetto State to be NAPBC-accredited and includes two freestanding cancer centers -- Waccamaw Cancer Center in Murrells Inlet and the Francis B. Ford Cancer Center in Georgetown, which also offers radiation therapy. Cancer treatment is provided by a team of physicians and health professionals from Coastal Carolina Breast Center, Waccamaw Oncology, Georgetown Radiology and Georgetown Pathology Associates.
Georgetown Hospital System is also the only health care provider in the area to offer 3D mammography for breast cancer screening.
Awarded only to centers that provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process, the three-year accreditation signifies that a facility provides comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services; a multidisciplinary team approach to treating patients, information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options and quality breast care close to home.
“We’re very pleased to have earned reaccreditation,” said Dr. Craig Brackett, a physician with Coastal Carolina Breast Center, which is the area's only surgical practice dedicated solely to breast health. “Our entire staff was involved in this process, and this reaffirms our team’s commitment to compassionately providing the very best care and treatment to our patients every single day.”
Accredited centers must show compliance with NAPBC standards for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.
Administered by the American College of Surgeons, the NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with breast diseases. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.