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February 25, 2013
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Upstate’s Breast Program earns three-year accreditation

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Upstate University Hospital’s Breast Program has been granted a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

NAPBC accreditation is granted to 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. 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.

Upstate achieved compliance in all 27 areas of review by NAPBC, reflecting excellence in diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, nursing, support and rehabilitation, reconstructive surgery, community outreach, research and quality.

Specifically, surveyors praised the Upstate breast care program as efficient and well run and cited the significant monitoring system in place to ensure patients are appropriately followed through their treatment plan. Surveyors also recognized the importance the program’s genetics evaluation and management service plays in providing breast care for patients. In addition, the survey cited Upstate’s well-organized process for evaluating patients for clinical trials.

“The accreditation reflects the depth of services and quality of care that Upstate’s breast program provides its patients,” said Richard Kilburg, associate administrator at Upstate.

“This recognition is a testament to the physicians, nurses and other staff members who are dedicated to ensuring patients get the very best care based on the latest medical knowledge.”

Upstate’s Breast Care Program offers services at two locations: at Upstate’s Downtown Campus at 550 Harrison Street, Syracuse, and on the Community Campus at 4900 Broad Road, Syracuse. It averages about 10,000 patient visits annually and offers an array of services that includes radiologic imaging, lymphedema treatment, lactation assistance, surgery, as well as specialized programs for breast cancer and benign breast diseases.

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 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

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