Saint Mary's Breast Center of Excellence
Nevada's first NAPBC-accredited breast program
Saint Mary’s Center for Cancer is accredited from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), becoming the first accredited breast program in the state of Nevada. Administered by the well-respected
American College of Surgeons in Chicago, Ill., the NAPBC is a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of quality care and the monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast.
The NAPBC Board, made up of leaders from major disciplines, mutually defined 27 program standards and 17 program components of care that make up the rigorous internal and external performance assessment.
What does the accreditation mean?
- Most importantly, accreditation assures patients, who are primarily female, that the institution meets rigorous, surgeon-set standards for the quality of care that they will receive
- Public recognition of commitment to quality care at the local and national level
- Access to data to measure and improve quality
- Improvement in the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast
- Ability to meet demands of payers and insurers, and provide necessary information for internal assessment of care
- Ability to provide patients and payers with an accredited program with documented outcomes that meet or exceed national benchmarks
- Being part of a nationally recognized group dedicated to providing quality care
- Attracting top-notch, quality physicians who seek careers and gravitate to reputable, accredited centers
NAPBC accreditation offers the following:
- A model for organizing and managing a breast center, ensuring multidisciplinary, integrated and comprehensive breast care services
- Internal and external assessment of breast center performance based on recognized standards to demonstrate a commitment to quality care
- Recognition by national healthcare organizations as having established performance measures for high-quality breast care
- National recognition and public promotion
- Participation in a National Breast Disease Database to report patterns of care, effecting quality improvement
- Access to breast center comparison benchmark reports containing national aggregate data and individual center data to assess patterns of care and outcomes relative to national norms
In addition to being Nevada's first NAPBC-accredited breast program, Saint Mary's Breast Center features leading-edge resources that help patients through a breast cancer diagnosis--from treatment to recovery and beyond:
Breast Cancer Navigator
Saint Mary’s Breast Center features a breast cancer nurse navigator, who offers guidance, education, support and assistance to breast cancer patients, either in person or by phone. The breast nurse navigator is a valuable resource and can accompany patients to physician visits (upon request) and help with appointment scheduling. The navigator also helps patients researching medical information and even assists them in finding financial resources of which they might not be aware. For more information, contact Saint Mary's Breast Cancer Navigator at (775) 770-7420.
We are an American College of Radiology-certified Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. We have demonstrated excellence in breast imaging by successfully achieving accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
Staffed with board-certified radiologists and technologists registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, Saint Mary’s Imaging Department provides a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services: X-ray, ultrasound, MRI, digital mammography, 64-slice CT scanner, and a PET/CT scanner that offers accurate staging and follow up to clearly show oncologists how effectively a given treatment regiment is battling a cancer. To schedule an appointment, call (775) 770-3187.
A Time to Heal
Saint Mary’s Breast Center promotes education, support and healing for cancer patients by offering a 12-week research-based rehabilitation program: A Time to Heal. Designed for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer for the first time and have completed treatment, the program helps breast cancer patients regain their physical, emotional and spiritual health. Call
(775) 770-7410 for additional information, or download an informational brochure.
Breast Tumor Board
Your doctor may also present your case to the Saint Mary's Tumor Board, where physicians of all specialties will discuss your case and recommend the best course of action. If you are a physician and want to attend or present cases, the Tumor Board is held every Friday, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. in the Center for Health Radiation Oncology Conference Room.