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The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center has been granted three-year/full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Administered nationally by the American College of Surgeons, NAPBC Accreditation is given only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review. The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center is the first breast center in the State of New York to receive NAPBC Accreditation. The three-year period lasts from April 2009 to April 2012.

"This is a great accomplishment for our breast program, our hospital, and the entire University community," says Brian O’Hea, M.D., Director of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center. "This accreditation is further validation of the high quality breast care that we provide. As a team, we will continue to work hard in serving the needs of our patients and their families."

In order to apply for accreditation, breast centers must complete a detailed 60-page application process, as well as a full-day site visit by the NAPBC. According to the NAPBC, accreditation ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care, including 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 quality breast care close to home.

"The Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center continues to be a model cancer program for Stony Brook University Medical Center," adds Richard N. Fine, M.D., Dean, Stony Brook University School of Medicine. "Through educational, preventive, treatment and post-treatment programs, the Center has improved the health of many individuals in our community and region."

SBUMC's Breast Care Center joins only 23 others nationwide that have been granted NAPBC Accreditation. All of the breast centers are judged on 27 standards during the evaluation. The standards are categorized by Center Leadership, Clinical Management, Research, Community Outreach, Professional Education, and Quality Improvement. The standards include a wide array of necessary and supportive breast care measures and patient support, such as evaluation and management guidelines, patient navigation, breast conservation, breast cancer staging, diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, medical oncology, genetic evaluation and management, reconstructive surgery, clinical trials, and quality and outcomes. By meeting or exceeding all 27 standards without any deficiencies, the Breast Center received full accreditation.

The final analysis of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center in the NAPBC Performance Report reflects the high quality of care that the Center provides for patients. The report summarizes that Dr. O'Hea and his team "provide all the necessary components for complete, state-of-the-art and comprehensive breast care. They diagnose and treat benign and malignant disease and have a well-developed algorithm for patient intake and navigation through the diagnosis and treatment phases of breast cancer care. They offer multiple educational and support services as well as offer community outreach education and many different types of screening and support programs to satisfy the diverse cultural mix of their patient population." NAPBC began development of its program in 2005, and the formal process of surveying breast centers for accreditation began in September 2008. 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.

Established in 1995, the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center at Stony Brook University Medical Center is the only comprehensive academic program of its kind on Long Island. The Center provides full patient services with the most up-to-date methods for screening, treatment, and post-treatment care for those with benign breast disease and cancer. Multidisciplinary services brings together clinical and research faculty from the Departments of Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Physical Therapy, Nutrition, Cancer Genetics and Social Work.
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