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St. Mary Breast Center Receives National Accreditation
Reflects commitment to high standards in quality breast care

LANGHORNE, Pa., June 6, 2011 – The Breast Center at St. Mary Medical Center recently received a three-year/Full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those 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. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with quality 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.

“This accreditation is important to women making decisions about their care in letting them know that when they choose the St. Mary Breast Center, they are getting a quality program that reflects the highest standards of care and most advanced treatment options, and a team of highly qualified professionals who are dedicated to their best outcome,” says Dr. Catherine Plzak, MD, FACS, Medical Director of the Breast Center at St. Mary Medical Center.

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
• Quality breast care close to home.

The St. Mary Breast Center was commended for providing the highest quality evaluation and management of patients with breast disease. Under the leadership of breast surgeon Dr. Catherine Plzak, a multi-specialty physician team, including highly qualified radiation and medical oncologists, meets regularly to discuss evidence-base care guidelines in providing the best appropriate treatment to meet the individual needs of each patient. A certified breast-care coordinator, genetics counselor, lymphedema therapy, and a clinical trials research team also contribute to interdisciplinary patient care and education. Breast Conservation, sentinel node and minimally invasive core needle biopsy, breast reconstruction, and the appropriate management of benign breast disease are among the clinical components of the Breast Center program.

Unique features of the St. Mary Breast Center include complementary holistic services, such as massage and guided imagery, provided to patients, as well as a program providing free mammograms to women without insurance.

The Breast Center at St. Mary Medical Center also has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). In addition, the St. Mary Medical Center Regional Cancer Center is recognized as being among the best cancer programs in the United States by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The Cancer Center earned approval with commendation based on its standards of quality care.

Breast cancer specialists at St. Mary focus on a fast-track approach for earlier detection and treatment. A team of specialists from different disciplines comes together to evaluate each case to arrive at the best plan and start the right treatment sooner, offering less invasive surgery, precise radiation and breakthrough treatments.