(December 22, 2009) - The breast care services at the Curtis and
Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute (ACI) at Memorial University
Medical Center have been granted a full three-year accreditation by
the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a
program of the American College of Surgeons.
Accreditation is only given to facilities that voluntarily
commit to providing the highest level of breast care and pass a
rigorous on-site evaluation and performance review. A physician
from the NAPBC analyzed the ACI's cancer committee leadership,
cancer data management, clinical services, research, community
outreach, and quality improvement programs and performed an onsite
survey on November 16, 2009.
This is a new accreditation and to date there are just over 100
centers across the United States that have undergone the process
and achieved this prestigious accreditation accomplishment. ACI is
the only facility in the region and one of only two centers to be
accredited in the State of Georgia.
"The ACI is proud to offer our patients every significant
advantage in the battle against breast cancer. We have the only
physician practice in the region dedicated solely to women's breast
health (The Breast Center) with two, board-certified breast surgeon
specialists. We also have a board-certified, dedicated, full-time
breast imaging specialist. We offer comprehensive and fast
mammography services, expert surgical care, the latest high-dose
rate radiation therapy, a strong survivorship program, and a
variety of support services," said Steven Brower, M.D., FACS,
senior vice president and director of the ACI.
The NAPBC accreditation ensures that patients have access
•Comprehensive care, including state-of-the art services and
•A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment
•Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment
•Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
•Quality breast care close to home
The NAPBC represents a consortium of national professional
organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care
and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast.
More information about the National Accreditation Program for
Breast Centers can be found at www.accreditebreastcenters.org.
To learn more about the breast cancer services available at the
ACI, visit aci.memorialhealth.com.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.