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Saint Mary's Breast Cancer 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.