Breast Center at Smilow is granted national accreditation

The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven celebrated a three-year full accreditation this month by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

“This is a fantastic accomplishment for our team, and is well-deserved recognition of the outstanding comprehensive care we provide for our patients, as well as our commitment to clinical trials, research and education,” says Anees Chagpar, MD, director of the breast center. “I am truly proud of everyone who made this possible.”

The New Haven Register interviewed Dr. Chagpar about the accreditation at a celebratory reception at Smilow (click here for the interview).

Rigorous evaluation process

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process. During the survey, the center must 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.

“I have surveyed many good programs and a few great programs, but this is the first superlative program I have seen,” says Arnold H. Herman, MD, a surveyor for the NAPBC and the Commission on Cancer.

Comprehensive care for patients

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care, including a full range of the most advanced services; a multidisciplinary
team approach to treatment; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.

“Connecticut has the second highest rate of breast cancer in the country,” said Dr. Chagpar. “To have an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center with an NAPBC-accredited breast center right here at home is a reflection of our commitment to our patients and our community, and our dedication to providing them with the pinnacle of quality in terms of breast cancer research and treatment.”

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers is a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and the monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast.

To contact the Breast Center – Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, call 203-200-2328.

This article was submitted by Mark Santore on December 16, 2013.

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