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Presbyterian Breast Care Network Receives National Accreditation

December 20, 2012

​ALBUQUERQUE, NM – After a site visit in September, Presbyterian’s Breast Care Network (PBCN) was awarded a full, three-year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The PBCN is comprised of surgeons from the Presbyterian Medical Group, the Cancer Center at Presbyterian, Presbyterian MD Anderson, High Resolution Imaging Services and Pathology Associates of Albuquerque.

The PBCN uses a multidisciplinary care approach consisting of a team of care givers committed to working collectively to treat the whole person. The multidisciplinary team includes various oncology and surgery specialties, breast imaging, registry, cancer rehab, population health, navigation and community outreach. All breast cancer patients who are seen by a PBCN physician are discussed at a weekly meeting with the entire care team so that every aspect of their care is considered.

"Presbyterian is honored to receive this national accreditation," said Dava Gerard, M.D., administrator for Presbyterian’s Cancer Center. "It proves that our multidisciplinary approach is working and that New Mexicans can receive exceptional cancer care right here in Albuquerque."

The NAPBC accreditation is granted only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and are able to comply with established NAPBC standards. Each center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the NAPBC standards. To maintain accreditation, centers must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Larry Dillon, M.D., FACS, surveyor from the NAPBC, pronounced at the summation of the on-site review that the PBCN had passed with flying colors. "This is probably the first community-based Breast Program Leadership team I have ever encountered that should be described as a clear tertiary-level community hospital breast cancer program."

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About Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities it serves. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state’s only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian offers eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 9,000 respected employs and growing.

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