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John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center Earns Elite Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons

NAPBC accredited breast center

The John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center is the first freestanding imaging center in Arizona to earn a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

"We are thrilled by this most prestigious national recognition of our comprehensive and high quality patient care," said Sherry Gage, RT R M, director of the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center in Phoenix. "We have worked diligently to develop a staff of the most skilled and compassionate people who bring the latest breast imaging technology and support services to our patients in an environment that is both comfortable and comforting."

NAPBC-accreditation ensures a patient will have the highest level of quality breast care and will be offered every significant advantage in a battle against breast disease with the following:

  • 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.

"The key to our excellent quality of care is continuing and cooperative communication between our team and the different specialists who work well as a cohesive unit, even though they are not located in our center," said Linda Greer, MD, medical director for the Breast Center.

In order to earn accreditation, a facility must be found to be in compliance with at least 90 percent of the NAPBC standards. The Breast Health and Research Center was found to be in compliance with 100 percent of the standards and was recognized for providing a higher level of patient care.

"During their survey, the reviewers were so impressed with the strong alliances and coordination we have established with all our partners who provide follow-up care that they described us as a comprehensive breast center without walls," Gage said. "This is an extremely high honor."

NAPBC Board Chairman Cary S. Kaufman, MD, praised the Breast Center's accomplishment.

"Accreditation is the seal of approval for breast centers from the American College of Surgeons and formally acknowledges your commitment to providing the highest quality evaluation and management of your patients with breast disease," Dr. Kaufman said.

The Breast Center, part of the John C. Lincoln Health Network, was first in Arizona to offer 3D mammography for all routine breast screening as well as diagnostic mammography, the first in Arizona to offer low-dose 3D mammograms and the first to use 3D imaging for state-of-the-art breast cancer biopsies.

In 2011, the Breast Center was designated as an Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

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.

Learn more about the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center at JCL.com/breasthealth.

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