Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals Receive Prestigious Breast Center Accreditation
CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. (September 27, 2016) – Two Mercy Health System hospitals – Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital and Mercy Philadelphia Hospital – have 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.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is the seal of approval for breast centers and acknowledges the commitment to providing the highest quality evaluation and management of patients with breast disease. During the rigorous review process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast diseases. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, research, clinical management, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. The Mercy breast program was compliant across all 28 standards.
"This accreditation, with zero deficiencies, reinforces Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals' commitment to treating cancer in the communities we serve with equal parts respect, compassion and the most advanced cancer treatment available," said Susan Cusack, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD, executive director of Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia Hospitals. "I am very proud of our team here at Mercy who work hard every day to deliver comprehensive, quality cancer care, and who are so deserving of this recognition by the NAPBC."
Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
- A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
- Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
- Quality breast care close to home.
"At Mercy, we have state of the art diagnostic imaging, nurse navigation, a full realm of surgical options, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, oncology rehab, survivorship programs, support groups, and yoga – essentially all the cancer services one would need from prevention to screening and diagnosis, through treatment and on to survivorship," said Karen Kish, MD, Mercy's Breast Specialist. "We work together to create customized treatment plans for our patients so that they can receive high-quality, compassionate cancer care close to their homes."