Breast Care Accredited by the NAPBC

Being accredited by the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) is the gold standard for breast care. Accredited programs demonstrate the highest level of quality breast care through a rigorous evaluation process. The Breast Care Progam at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is the only accredited program in Vermont.

To become accredited a center goes through a rigorous evaluation. That evaluation includes reviews of care standards for 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.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient has 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

And, most importantly,

  • Quality breast care close to home

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. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care. Learn more about the NAPBC.