National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
Thank you LRCC Breast Cancer Team!
Thanks to our dedicated breast cancer team, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers recognizes LRCC as an outstanding provider of quality breast care. For more than a year, our team worked diligently to meet the program’s rigorous 27 standards and 17 components of care that collectively provide the most efficient and contemporary care available. In 2009, LRCC became one of only 2 Florida breast centers and only 52 nationally to be accredited. In 2012, LRCC was awarded a full re-accreditation.
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 performance. 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. Breast centers that achieve NAPBC accreditation demonstrate a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
“The NAPBC designation means that our program, led by Dr. Solange Pendas, is recognized for exceeding the rigorous standards, performance measures and rating system the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers established to identify Centers of Excellence. All of the team members at LRCC are extremely proud that we have been designated as a model breast care center for patients to receive the most comprehensive evaluation, care and treatments available for their breast diseases,” said Kim Walker, LRCC Administrator.
Lakeland Regional Cancer Center’s breast program is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and compassionate breast health care available. LRCC offers a multi-disciplinary approach with the most advanced treatments and services available, including breast conserving surgery, lymphatic mapping, advanced radiation, chemotherapy and immunotherapy, digital mammography, genetic screening and counseling, and support groups. The program is led by Dr. Solange Pendas, Surgical Oncologist, who is board certified in general surgery and is a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. LRCC’s cancer program also offers patients the added comfort of a Breast Nurse Navigator, Tina Weakland, RN, B.S. In her role at LRCC, Weakland guides newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through the healthcare system and provides for the coordination of services and the continuation of care.
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, including the American Board of Surgery, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the Society of Surgical oncology and the National Consortium of Breast Centers.
Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that breast patients 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.
LRCC being recognized as a Nationally Accredited Breast Center is just one more way LRMC and LRCC are delivering exceptional healthcare to the greater Lakeland community and beyond!