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Virtua’s breast care program receives accreditation

Virtua’s breast care program received a three year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The accreditation by the NAPBC is given to centers that voluntarily commit to provide the highest level of quality breast care, undergo a rigorous evaluation process, and review performance.

“The accreditation is a clear indication of the exceptional quality care and service provided to breast patients at Virtua,” said Adrienne Kirby, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Virtua’s Ambulatory Services and Programs of Excellence. “One requirement of the accreditation is a multi-disciplinary approach to breast care. We collaborate across medical disciplines and across the system to standardize care, and to provide the highest level of care and service based upon individual patient needs.”

Virtua’s breast program is the first in South Jersey and only one of three programs in New Jersey to be accredited. Virtua follows a comprehensive and consistent set of standards for treatment set by the NAPBC.

“We are not only committed to treating breast disease, but also providing support for our patient’s social and emotional needs,” said Diane Gillum, MD, Medical Director of the Virtua breast program. “Our program is proficient in all areas of breast disease including center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.”

Additional accreditation guideline requirements include:

  • Board certified physicians
  • Comprehensive care including a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • Treatment by a multidisciplinary team of medical experts and specialist
  • Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education, and support services
The American Cancer Society estimates that there were roughly 184,450 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2008. The facility where patients choose to seek treatment can impact the care they receive and ultimately the results they achieve. It is important that people diagnosed in the U.S. with invasive and non-invasive breast cancer each year know about the advanced treatment and guidance provided by accredited centers, like Virtua. “Virtua is committed to providing our patients with every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease,” said Kim Mazzei, AVP of Virtua’s Oncology Program of Excellence. “We are honored that our breast cancer program has received such an outstanding reward and recognition by the American College of Surgeons.”
As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua helps people be well, get well and stay well through a comprehensive range of health care services. Services are delivered through three health and wellness centers, three fitness centers, four acute care hospitals, primary and specialty physician practices with more than 240 physicians, urgent care centers, seven ambulatory surgery centers, home health services, two long-term care and rehabilitation centers, 12 paramedic units and a wide range of outpatient services. A leader in maternal and child health services, Virtua delivers more than 8,000 babies a year. Virtua also provides employment and wellness services to 1,700 businesses and corporations. An innovator in clinical and information technology such as electronic medical records, Virtua is recognized for its ground-breaking partnerships with GE Healthcare, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. It is the official orthopedic provider for the Philadelphia Flyers. Virtua employs more than 8,400 people and has been honored as the #1 Best Place to Work in the Delaware Valley for seven consecutive years. It is the recipient of the Consumer Choice Award from the National Research Corporation. For more information, visit  www.virtua.org or www.virtuabroadcastnetwork.org.