OVMC Receives National Accreditation

Friday, December 7, 2012


OVMC Breast Center Gains National Accreditation

WHEELING, W.Va. – Ohio Valley Medical Center’s Center for Breast Care gained national attention as the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) designated the center as an accredited breast center which makes it the only hospital in the Northern Panhandle and one in four in the state with this designation.

Administered by the American College of Surgeons, this accreditation is only given to breast 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. OVMC meets the NAPBC standard that all physicians practicing in the breast center be board certified.

“Being nationally accredited for OVMC’s Center for Breast Care demonstrates our firm commitment to offer our patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease,” said Dr. Robert Cross, surgeon and chair of OVMC Breast Care Committee. “We continue to demonstrate that patients will receive 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.

Receiving care at OVMC’s Center for Breast Care means patients will have access to comprehensive care, a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options, and information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.

“Ohio Valley Medical Center\'s Center for Breast Care was the area\'s first local member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers recognized as a comprehensive breast care center, and we are honored to be the first NAPBC location in the Ohio Valley,” said Shawn Ware, oncology nurse coordinator at OVMC.

Ware noted that the American Cancer Society estimates there will be 192,370 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States while hundreds of thousands of women will deal with benign breast disease this year.

“Ohio Valley patients can feel at ease that OVMC’s breast center will provide all the medical evaluation and treatment options they could need,” said Ware.