AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 20, 2013 – Summa Barberton Hospital’s Parkview Cancer Center has been granted a three-year/full 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. 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. Of particular note is that the NAPBC surveyor stated that the seven best practices he verbally identified during his review of Parkview were the most he had ever documented in all of the programs he has surveyed over many years.
“We are extremely proud to have earned reaccreditation from the NAPBC,” said Dr. Lee Anne Sprance, medical director of the Breast Care Program at Summa Barberton Hospital. “Our team has worked diligently on our best practices and we are committed to continuing to offer our patients the highest quality and most compassionate care.”
Parkview is part of the Summa Cancer Institute’s network of five cancer centers throughout Summit, Portage and Medina counties. 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) estimates that there will be more than 232,000 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2013. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who 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 additional information on Parkview’s services, please call 330-615-4126.
About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.