NEWBURYPORT, MA - The Gerrish Breast Care Center at Anna Jaques Hospital has been granted a three-year/full re-accreditation designation as a Certified Breast Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.
The Gerrish Breast Care Center, led by Medical Director Dr. Peter Hartmann, is one of only 19 Certified Breast Centers in Massachusetts.
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. 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.
“I am extraordinarily proud of the efforts of everyone involved in achieving this outstanding review. Our program has continued to grow and improve and it is very satisfying to have our work, which is focused on offering the highest quality breast care in our community, recognized by the NAPBC,” said Dr. Peter Hartmann.
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 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
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
- And, most importantly, quality breast care close to home.
The Gerrish Breast Care Center is located at One Wallace Bashaw Jr. Way, Suite 2002. To learn more, visit www.ajh.org/breastcare or call 978-463-8686.