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Published on August 02, 2012

Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health receives national accreditation

The Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health has been awarded a full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

The Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health is the Upstate’s only complete breast imaging center.
The center provides seamless breast cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment in a healing environment. The patient-centered design includes sculptures, a water feature, healing gardens and airy spaces framed by vast expanses of glass.

This state-of-the-art imaging center consolidates digital mammography, ultrasound, breast MRI, MRI-guided biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy and bone densitometry into one easily accessible location. The center offers a breast health program, a multidisciplinary clinic, an undiagnosed clinic and a second-opinion clinic.

The Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health’s mammography screening services extend to the Woman’s Clinic, Spartanburg OB-GYN and the Village at Pelham in Greer.

"We feel honored to receive this accreditation and believe it affirms our commitment to providing the best possible breast cancer care," said Mary Mabry, Director of the Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health.

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers is a consortium of national organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care for patients with diseases of the breast. Bringing together leaders from the major medical disciplines that routinely work together to diagnose and treat breast disease, this multidisciplinary group created 27 program standards and 17 program components of care that provide the best care available for patients diagnosed with diseases of the breast.

"Standards of diagnosis and care of breast cancer are so important in ensuring every patient receives the best care possible," said Larry Warren, M.D., medical director of breast imaging at the Bearden- Josey Center for Breast Health.

NAPBC-accredited breast centers have met the criteria set forth for each discipline treating breast disease patients. When a breast center applies for NAPBC accreditation, it does so with the understanding that it will offer a multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating breast disease.

Moreover, the center must be willing to undergo a rigorous application process and on-site survey to assure its patients that NAPBC standards are being met. Accredited breast centers also agree to maintain their high level of clinical care with recertification by the NAPBC required every three years. NAPBC-accredited centers offer a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinating 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; and ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care.

Administered by the American College of Surgeons, NAPBC began development of its program in 2005; the formal process of surveying breast centers for accreditation started in September 2008. For more information, visit www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.

The Bearden-Josey Center for Breast Health is a part of the not-for-profit Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System and is located adjacent to Gibbs Cancer Center. Gibbs Cancer Center is a nationally recognized cancer treatment and research facility associated with the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers program, the Medical University of South Carolina and the M D Anderson Physicians Network. Its oncology program has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as offering high quality cancer care.

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