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AHN Breast Centers Earn Prestigious National Accreditation

Monday, March 20, 2017

Designation Recognizes High Quality, Multidisciplinary Breast Care Programs With State-of-the-Art Capabilities

PITTSBURGH, PA – Allegheny General Hospital and the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion, both part of the Allegheny Health Network (AHN), have been designated as Accredited Breast Centers for a three-year term by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Accreditation is granted only to breast centers that are committed to providing the highest quality care for diseases of the breast.  Centers undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of their performance and compliance with NAPBC standards.

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

“This accreditation is a testament to the expertise and dedication of our multidisciplinary team,” said David Parda, MD, Chair, Allegheny Health Network Cancer Institute. “Our physicians and all of our medical professionals provide high-quality, compassionate care tailored to the individual patient’s needs.”

Through their work with the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), AHN physicians have contributed to significant protocol and practice changes in treatment, including breast conservation through lumpectomy rather than radical mastectomy. The Cancer Institute’s radiation oncologists offer the latest treatments including brachytherapy,  Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and permanent seed implant done in a one-hour outpatient session.

AHN Cancer Institute patients have access to more than 200 clinical trials, including drug and medical device trials. AHN also offers 3-D mammography, one of the most advanced techniques for detecting breast cancer at its earliest, most curable stages, at 10 sites throughout the region.

AHN’s Cancer Institute also recently opened an Extended Hours Oncology Clinic at West Penn Hospital, allowing patients to get care for treatment side effects when they need it most.

“The NAPBC designation is a commitment that patients can rely on as assurance that the breast programs at Allegheny General Hospital and at the Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion bring together the best in medical, surgical, and radiation care, and clinical trials, to treat this devastating disease in a personal, thorough, and compassionate manner,” said Thomas B. Julian, MD, NAPBC director and director of breast surgical oncology at AHN.

The NAPBC is a coalition of professional organizations that works together to provide the most efficient and contemporary breast care using scientific evidence about what works best for patients. The NAPBC monitors compliance to its standards at each accredited breast center. The NAPBC is administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), which for more than 100 years has led national and international initiatives to improve quality in hospitals.