Crozer-Keystone Breast Health Programs Reaccredited by NAPBC - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on December 28, 2015

Crozer-Keystone Breast Health Programs Reaccredited by NAPBC

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
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  • Mary Lou Patton, M.D., breast program leader for Crozer-Chester Medical Center
  • Allison Aggon, D.O., medical director of the Center for Breast Health at Delaware County Memorial Hospital

The Crozer-Keystone Health System breast health programs were recently 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.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given 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 performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. 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.

“We are very excited to have achieved a 3-year accreditation again by the NAPBC, which is the highest recognition given,” says Allison Aggon, D.O., Crozer-Keystone breast surgeon and medical director of the Center for Breast Health at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. “We work hard to provide the highest quality of care possible to our patients every day, so it is an honor to be recognized by this excellent organization. We look forward to continuing to work with the NAPBC to ensure that our patients receive the most up-to-date and multidisciplinary standard of care, which we know helps to improve outcomes.”

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with breast disease. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2013. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

“Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to comprehensive care by a multidisciplinary team to coordinate the best treatment options,” says Mary Lou Patton, M.D., Crozer-Keystone breast surgeon and breast program leader for Crozer-Chester Medical Center. “Patients also benefit from information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, but most importantly, they can be assured that they are receiving quality breast care close to home.” Patton has added qualification in genetics and is a Fellow in the Society of Surgical Oncology.

“Achieving NAPBC reaccreditation demonstrates the exceptional clinical quality and outcomes that Crozer-Keystone’s programs provide to patients,” says Marie DeStefano, R.N., M.S.N., FAAMA, administrative director of Oncology for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “Our programs’ other recognitions, such as designation as a breast imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and accreditation by the American College of Surgeons, also attest to their quality. A deep breadth of services, along with Dr. Allison Aggon’s and Dr. Mary Lou Patton’s leadership, make Crozer and DCMH highly sought-after destinations by patients with a wide range of breast concerns.”

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their website at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.

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