NEWBURYPORT, Mass – After an extensive application and review process, the Gerrish Breast Care Center (GBCC) at Anna Jaques Hospital has been granted a three-year full accreditation as a Certified Breast Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
The Gerrish Breast Care Center is one of only 19 Certified Breast Centers in Massachusetts.
Accreditation by the NAPBC is given to Centers that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. The NAPBC application process mandates that a Center must be operational for one full year to be eligible to apply and in the first year that the Gerrish Breast Care Center was eligible, it received full accreditation.
“We opened our doors in October 2013 with the expectation of becoming a Certified Breast Center. This certification from the American College of Surgeons reflects the high level of comprehensive breast care that the Gerrish Breast Care Center offers our community,” said Peter Hartmann, MD, Medical Director of the Gerrish Breast Care Center.
During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. 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 will have 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
- Quality breast care close to home.
Anna Jaques Hospital and the Gerrish Breast Care Center are committed to offering high quality care for women. In October 2015, Anna Jaques Hospital invested $1.5 million to bring 3D Mammography to its locations in Newburyport, Haverhill and Amesbury to offer women the most accurate mammogram available in the country. With the hospital’s investment and through the generosity of the Institution for Savings’ $500,000 gift, 3D Mammography became fully operational at all three sites of February 2016.
The Gerrish Breast Care Center is located in the Newburyport Medical Center at One Wallace Bashaw Jr. Way, Suite 2002 in Newburyport. Call 978-463-8686 with questions or to schedule an appointment.
To schedule a mammogram, please call 978-834-8210