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ValleyCare Breast Center First in Tri-Valley to Receive Multiple Accreditations

Hospital news | Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Contact: Denise Bouillerce

Pleasanton, CA – ValleyCare Health System's Breast Center of Excellence has 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, and designation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology. ValleyCare is the only Breast Center in the Tri-Valley to achieve either of these accreditations.

Achieving NAPBC accreditation means that ValleyCare has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that voluntarily undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

During the survey process, ValleyCare demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.

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

  • Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services

  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options

  • Information about clinical trials and new treatment options

  • Quality breast care close to home.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) requires accreditation in mammography, breast ultrasound, ultrasound guided breast biopsy, and stereotactic breast biopsy prior to being named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The ACR is the leader in quality programs for breast imaging.

ValleyCare's Breast Center of Excellence offers patients multidisciplinary care including: a breast cancer patient navigator, support services, women's imaging center, tumor board, clinical trials, targeted radiation and chemotherapy, and advanced breast surgery.

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

About ValleyCare Health System:
ValleyCare Health System has provided high quality, not-for-profit health care to the Tri-Valley and surrounding communities since 1961. Through highly skilled physicians, nurses and staff, and state-of-the art technology, ValleyCare offers a wide range of health care services at its Livermore and Pleasanton medical facilities. ValleyCare in not publicly owned or operated, nor is it supported by taxes. ValleyCare reinvests any profits it makes into new services, equipment, and facilities. A 13-member Board of Directors, that is elected by its corporate members, governs the ValleyCare Corporation. Corporate members exercise certain reserve rights with respect to governance decisions.