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Saint Mary's Center for Cancer Receives NAPBC Re-Accreditation

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Local cancer program ranked among top cancer programs in nation

RENO, Nev. – Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 – Saint Mary's Center for Cancer has been granted a three-year re-accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. Saint Mary's originally received NAPBC accreditation in 2010 when it launched its Breast Center of Excellence. The re-accreditation is a strong testament to the program's ability to maintain quality standards year-after-year.

"We are honored to receive re-accreditation by NAPBC and are proud of the commitments from our nurses and physicians. We are dedicated to breast cancer care in northern Nevada," said Patty Sredy, administrative director for Saint Mary's Center for Cancer. "Accreditation ranks our center among national programs and shows the local community that you can receive excellent care right at home."

During the survey process, a cancer center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

"The care at Saint Mary's is comprehensive and sophisticated. It is tailored to fit the needs of the local and distant community," said the NAPBC lead surveyor. "The hospital is well designed to provide the necessary components of a breast center as outlined by the NAPBC. Overall, this environment is conducive for an excellent patient experience and is in essence, one stop shopping."

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20131. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

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

For more information about Saint Mary's Center for Cancer, call 775-770-7410 or visit


Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit