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Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center receives breast cancer re-accreditation

CONTACT: Matthew Van Stone: 570-808-3248
May 10, 2012

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – The Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) recently received renewed accreditation for its breast cancer program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). GWV, one of the first four NAPBC-accredited facilities in the country and the first in Pennsylvania, is now accredited through January 2015 and one of about 200 NAPBC-accredited breast centers in the United States.

“Receiving accreditation from the NAPBC is the result of a rigorous process by which a breast treatment center must show evidence of successful outcomes and display a dedication to continuously improving treatments and resources for patients and families,” said Laura Borgos, M.D., breast surgeon at GWV. “Receiving this accreditation is a testament to the tireless work of everyone, from leadership to doctors, nurses and support staff, at the Henry Cancer Center.”

In order to receive NAPBC accreditation, a breast care center must meet criteria in 27 standards in areas such as leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. Additionally, accredited centers must document compliance with 17 components that contribute to high-quality care. Much of the criterion requires breast treatment facilities to have the capabilities to provide many of the latest, most successful breast cancer treatments and procedures.

The NAPBC is administered by the American College of Surgeons and represents a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast.

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