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UHS Breast Center accreditation speaks to its quality

The UHS Breast Center earned three-year, full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) in 2012, and has been hard at work securing renewal of this prestigious accreditation. Accreditation is given to an elite group of medical centers offering a full spectrum of breast care and meeting the highest clinical standards. Accredited centers must demonstrate through a rigorous evaluation that they are proficient in leadership, clinical management, research and community outreach. They offer patients access to comprehensive, well-coordinated, state-of-the-art services provided by a multidisciplinary team.

“The accrediting agency evaluates each breast program on its entire range of services, including imaging, pathology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, physical rehabilitation and nurse navigation, as well as outreach and patient education,” says Michael J. Farrell, MD, medical director of the center. He adds that the knowledge, skill and teamwork of UHS providers and employees contributed to achieving this top accreditation.

“We have an excellent care team, including Camelia Lawrence, MD, a fellowship-trained breast surgeon whose practice is devoted to the area of breast disease, and now Aditi Ranade, MD, a specialist in breast pathology,” Dr. Farrell says.