Henrico Doctors' Hospital February 06, 2019

Richmond, VA (Feb. 6, 2019) – The Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Henrico Doctors’ and Johnston-Willis Hospitals recently received a three-year accreditation for their Breast Multidisciplinary Care Programs from the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

“It is an honor to be part of a team that is truly committed to excellence and dedication toward each other, our patients and their families,” said Jonathan Tinker, vice-president of oncology services, HCA Virginia’s Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute. “Achieving this accreditation is a testament to the proficient skills and specialized knowledge that as a result translate to outstanding patient care.”

Henrico Doctors’ and Johnston-Willis have continuously received NAPBC accreditation since 2009, and were the first and second centers respectively to be accredited by NAPBC in Central Virginia. According to Tinker, the programs received zero deficiencies during the most recent survey.

NAPBC Accreditation is the seal of approval from the American College of Surgeons and formally acknowledges their commitment to providing the highest quality evaluation and management of patients with breast disease.

Receiving care at an 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, and most importantly,
  • Quality breast care close to home

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. During the survey process, the 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.

“This accreditation challenges breast cancer centers to enhance the care they provide by addressing patient-centered needs and measuring the quality of the care they deliver against national standards,” said Will Wagnon, chief executive officer of Henrico Doctors’ Hospitals. “I commend the entire team for their persistence in ensuring that they continuously exceed the needs of our breast patients.”

The American Cancer Society estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2013. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

“This prestigious achievement is a testament to the superior quality of care our breast patients receive,” said Zach McCluskey, chief executive officer of Johnston-Willis Hospital. “We strive to detect cancer at its earliest stage and provide patients with the best treatment options available.”

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. For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.