ALBUQUERQUE, NM – After a site visit in September,
Presbyterian’s Breast Care Network (PBCN) was awarded a full, three-year
accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
The PBCN is comprised of surgeons from the Presbyterian Medical Group, the
Cancer Center at Presbyterian, Presbyterian MD Anderson, High Resolution
Imaging Services and Pathology Associates of Albuquerque.
The PBCN uses a multidisciplinary care approach consisting
of a team of care givers committed to working collectively to treat the whole
person. The multidisciplinary team includes various oncology and surgery
specialties, breast imaging, registry, cancer rehab, population health,
navigation and community outreach. All breast cancer patients who are seen by a
PBCN physician are discussed at a weekly meeting with the entire care team so
that every aspect of their care is considered.
"Presbyterian is honored to receive this national
accreditation," said Dava Gerard, M.D., administrator for Presbyterian’s Cancer
Center. "It proves that our multidisciplinary approach is working and that New
Mexicans can receive exceptional cancer care right here in Albuquerque."
The NAPBC accreditation is granted only to those centers
that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis
and treatment and are able to comply with established NAPBC standards. Each
center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and
compliance with the NAPBC standards. To maintain accreditation, centers must
undergo an on-site review every three years.
Larry Dillon, M.D., FACS, surveyor from the NAPBC,
pronounced at the summation of the on-site review that the PBCN had passed with
flying colors. "This is probably the first community-based Breast Program
Leadership team I have ever encountered that should be described as a clear
tertiary-level community hospital breast cancer program."
To learn more about Presbyterian’s Cancer Center, visit: phs.org/doctors-services/services-centers/cancer-care/Pages/cancer-center.aspx
Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the
communities it serves. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is
the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers
eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical
group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with
more than 9,000 respected employs and growing.