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Hospital’s comprehensive breast program earns accreditation

[December 08 2010] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s comprehensive breast program was granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

Accreditation signifies that the hospital’s breast program demonstrates compliance with the NAPBC’s treatment standards for women diagnosed with diseases of the breast, including breast cancer. NAPBC’s standards for proficiency include center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s breast cancer program includes two breast nurse navigators and weekly breast conference meetings. Nurse navigators guide patients through the healthcare system from diagnosis through treatment. Among the program’s educational initiatives are survivorship workshops, manuals for patients with breast cancer, and community education about breast health and breast cancer.

Accreditation by the NAPBC, administered by the American College of Surgeons, involved a rigorous, voluntary evaluation process and performance review. Care at an NAPBC-accredited center denotes patients have access to comprehensive care; a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials, new treatment choices; and quality breast care that is conveniently located.

For more information about the hospital’s breast cancer program, please contact Nurse Navigator Donna Boehm, R.N., M.S.N., M.P.H., at 860-224-5900, X6307 or visit http://www.thocc.org/services/breast/nurse.aspx .