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Winchester Medical Center's breast care program has received re-accredidation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, according to a release sent out by Valley Health.
In the release, Anita Minghini, general surgeon and chair of the WMC breast care committee, said the hospital first received NAPBC accreditation in 2009. At that time, it was the first program in the tri-state area to receive the accreditation.
"This re-accreditation demonstrates that our patients continue to receive comprehensive, coordinated care by a multi-disciplinary team, with access to new treatment options and clinical trials," Minghini stated in the release.
To earn the certification from the NAPBC, a center must undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of its performance and demonstrate compliance with standards for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. To maintain the accreditation, centers undergo an on-site review every three years.
Of the approximately 1,000 new cancer patients diagnosed at WMC each year, about 20 percent have breast cancer, according to the release.
To learn more about WMC's accredited breast care program, go to www.valleyhealthlink.com/breastcare.