University of Iowa Health Care’s Breast Health Center has been granted a three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation is only given to centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process. The UI Breast Health Center is part of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.
“This designation demonstrates the quality of breast care we provide to the community and our patients,” says Sonia Sugg, MD, UI professor of surgical oncology and endocrine surgery, and co-director of the Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Oncology Group. “It also signifies our commitment to meet and exceed the highest national standards.”
Centers must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. 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 breast disease.
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; and information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
And, most importantly, quality breast care close to home.
“We are the only center in Iowa to have dedicated specialists in breast surgery, imaging, medical oncology, radiation oncology, and pathology working in a multidisciplinary team to personalize diagnosis and treatment plans for each patient,” says Sugg.
For more information about the UI Breast Care Clinic, visit uihc.org/breast-care-clinic.
More about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
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 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.