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UPMC Western Maryland Attains National Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Cancer


UPMC Western Maryland has received accreditation under the American College of Surgeons (ACS) National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and additional recognition as an ACS Surgical Quality Partner.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the United States after skin cancers. Programs accredited by the NAPBC follow a model for organizing and managing a breast center to facilitate multidisciplinary, integrated, and comprehensive breast cancer services. The NAPBC focuses on the spectrum of a patient’s journey with breast cancer or breast disease, including prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship. By setting high standards, NAPBC accreditation guides breast centers in providing comprehensive breast care based on scientific evidence.

Being an ACS Surgical Quality Partner signifies an institution’s dedication to consistently improving procedures and approaches, while maintaining a critical eye on process at every step. This designation lets patients know they can trust that the care they receive at UPMC Western Maryland adheres to the most rigorous standards in surgical quality.

“This recognition highlights our dedication to meeting the highest standards and improving quality of care, preventing complications, and saving lives,” said Surender Kanaparthi, executive director, Cancer Services, Pharmacy Services and Supply Chain, UPMC Western Maryland.  “As an NAPBC accredited facility with Surgical Quality Partner recognition, patients can have confidence that the breast cancer and surgical care UPMC Western Maryland has undergone careful review and detailed scrutiny to ensure we meet the high-quality evidence-based standards set forth by this organization and that we consistently deliver better surgical outcomes.”