Cleveland Clinic Florida Breast Center Achieves National Accreditation

July 11, 2013

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WESTON, Fla. – The Cleveland Clinic Florida Breast Center once again has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The center earned its initial accreditation in 2010 becoming the first in Broward County at the time and the third accredited center in Florida. Administered by the American College of Surgeons, accreditation is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

“Cleveland Clinic Florida is committed to bringing the highest quality care to our patients and that is exemplified by the outstanding achievement of our multidisciplinary team to retain its full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers,” said Bernie Fernandez, M.D., president of Cleveland Clinic Florida.

Cleveland Clinic Florida also earned a Three-Year Approval with Commendation for its cancer program from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, which includes comprehensive services for the treatment of breast cancer.

“ As part of Cleveland Clinic Florida’s Cancer Institute, the Breast Center offers a full-spectrum of services to support breast health, from state-of-the-art diagnostics to expertise in medical and radiation oncology, breast oncology surgery, and plastic surgery,” said Cleveland Clinic surgical oncologist Cassann Blake, M.D., head of the Breast Program Leadership Committee.

For a breast center to earn NAPBC accreditation, it must undergo a rigorous application process and onsite survey to ensure that the center has access to 17 required components of care defined by the NAPBC, and that they comply with the 28 program standards, which include leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement criteria. The accredited centers voluntarily enter into an agreement to maintain a high level of clinical care with a recertification required every three years.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care including a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment
  • A multidisciplinary team-approach to coordinate the best available treatment options
  • Information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options
  • Access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education, and support services
  • Ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care

The NAPBC represents a consortium of more than twenty national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. It is the first and only national accreditation program to specifically focus on breast disease. To learn more about the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers and to view the complete list of NAPBC accredited breast centers, visit: http://napbc-breast.org/index.html.

About Cleveland Clinic Florida Cleveland Clinic Florida, located in Weston and West Palm Beach, is a not-for-profit, multi-specialty, academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic Florida has more than 230 physicians with expertise in 35 specialties. The medical campus is fully integrated and includes diagnostic centers, outpatient surgery and a 24-hour emergency department located in the state-of-the-art hospital. Cleveland Clinic Florida ranked third among the 18 best hospitals in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale metro area in US News & World Report’s first-ever ranking of Best Hospitals metro area rankings. Cleveland Clinic Florida is an integral part of Cleveland Clinic Ohio, where providing outstanding patient care is based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Physicians at Cleveland Clinic are experts in the treatment of complex conditions that are difficult to diagnose.

Media Contacts:
Arlene Allen-Mitchell, (954) 659-5028 / allena@ccf.org
Shawn Yanan, (305) 962-1768 / shawn.yanan@rbbpr.com