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Flagler Hospital Cancer Institute Earns Breast Center Accreditation

Flagler Hospital Cancer Institute Earns Breast Center Accreditation

The Flagler Hospital Cancer Institute 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. 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 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.

The survey process requires extensive preparation and consists of a comprehensive application and site visit by a physician surveyor, which took place in October with Forrest Lee Tucker MD. Ultimately, the Flagler Cancer Institute was fully compliant with all 27 standards. Specifically, the Cancer Institute was commended for an exceptional Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference and Patient Navigation program. Dr Tucker stated, "The Flagler Hospital breast care team provides highly coordinated and compassionate care by an integrated team of well-qualified, experienced practitioners and managers. Particular strengths of this program include patient navigation and notably strong inter-specialty collaborative working relations. The leadership team is visibly supportive of the breast program."

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.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20131. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

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.

To view Flagler Hospital's annual cancer report, click here. For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at