March 31, 2014 — The Valley Hospital has been granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. First earning NAPBC approval in 2011, this is the second full NAPBC accreditation for Valley’s comprehensive Breast Center, a critical component to the hospital's Blumenthal Cancer Center.
NAPBC accreditation is given only to those breast 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 to assure that NAPBC standards are being met. Accredited breast centers also agree to maintain their high level of clinical care with recertification by the NAPBC required every three years.
“We are pleased and proud to have once again received this designation, which serves as a benchmark to patients, identifying those facilities that provide the highest-quality care,” said breast surgeon Laura A. Klein, M.D., Medical Director of the Breast Center.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 (12 percent) women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society.
During the NAPBC accreditation survey process, The Valley Hospital Breast Center had to 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 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;
• Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; and, most importantly;
• Quality breast care close to home.
About Valley’s Breast Center
Valley’s Breast Center has also been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. In addition, Valley is the only New Jersey hospital to hold Joint Commission Certification – the coveted Gold Seal of Approval – for cancer care in six clinical areas, including breast cancer. The Valley Hospital Breast Center was also named one of America’s Best Breast Centers by the Women’s Choice Award program.
Breast surgeon Laura A. Klein, M.D., serves as the Breast Center’s medical director. Dr. Klein joined Valley from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. She is currently an assistant clinical professor of surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Our team of experts includes board-certified radiologists, board-certified pathologists, and board-certified surgeons and physician assistants with expertise in breast surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, genetics and clinical trials. In addition, patients are assisted by a nurse navigator who makes certain patients seeking breast care receive the services they need in an efficient, cost-effective manner; a genetic counselor; and female mammography technologists who have undergone special training and have advanced certification in mammography.
For more information about Valley’s Breast Center, call 201-447-8422, or visit www.valleyhealth.com.
About the NAPBC
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 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.