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Thursday, January 6, 2011

St. Francis Cancer Center receives national accreditation for breast disease care

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan Alliance / St. Francis 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.

This recognition is given only 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 performances. The St. Francis Cancer Center demonstrated compliance with NAPBC standards established for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.

The NAPBC standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

“The accreditation recognizes our team’s commitment to providing our patients and their families with the best care and experience possible,” said Dr. Denise Johnson Miller, St. Francis Director of Breast Surgery. “We take a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach supported by leading-edge technology, clinical trials and research, and innovative treatments.”

A unique service offered at the St. Francis Breast Cancer Center of Excellence is a breast cancer clinic. The clinic enables patients to be evaluated in one visit, in one convenient location, by a multidisciplinary team of physicians including medical oncology, radiation oncology and reconstructive surgery.

This approach saves time and allows for customized treatment plans to be determined more quickly and care to begin sooner. At every step, the patient’s care is coordinated by a nurse navigator.

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