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UPMC Western Maryland Center for Breast Care Earns Reaccreditation From the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers


CUMBERLAND, MD, April 1, 2022 — The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has once again granted accredited status to the UPMC Western Maryland Center for Breast Care. To achieve this designation, a breast center must meet stringent standards in leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement for patients.

“This reaccreditation is a result of the dedication and hard work of our multidisciplinary team of oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists and clinical and support staff who provide extraordinary care for our patients,” said Surender Kanaparthi, executive director, Cancer Services, Pharmacy Services and Supply Chain, UPMC Western Maryland. “It demonstrates our commitment to excellence and gives confidence to our patients that they have access to comprehensive and quality breast care close to home.”

As a NAPBC-accredited center, the Center for Breast Care at UPMC Western Maryland is committed to maintaining levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered multidisciplinary care for patients with breast disease. The breast care team includes health care professionals from various disciplines who are committed to providing the best care available throughout a patient’s entire course of treatment. Patients receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatment options, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psychosocial support, rehabilitation services and survivorship care.

“NAPBC accreditation is the hallmark of excellence for breast centers,” said Blanche Mavromatis, M.D., director of the breast program. “The site visit reviewer shared our program was an asset to our community and in promoting breast health in our area. Our entire team is honored to provide quality breast care to the patients in our community.”

Breast centers seeking NAPBC accreditation undergo a site visit every three years. This is the second such accreditation for the Center for Breast Care at UPMC Western Maryland.