RWJUH Receives National Accreditation For Its Breast Health Program
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
New Brunswick, NJ – The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) has granted a full 3-year accreditation to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH).
RWJUH is only the third hospital in New Jersey to receive the accreditation, and one of 105 breast centers nationwide. The NAPBC, overseen by The American College of Surgeons, is a group of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and the monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast.
The NAPBC accreditation is granted only to hospitals with an unwavering commitment to providing the best quality care to patients with breast disease. Hospitals earning the status have passed a strict evaluation that demonstrates they comply with the NAPBC’s program standards. The criteria are as follows:
- A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best care and treatment options available
- Access to breast cancer-related information, education and support
- Breast cancer data collection on quality indicators for all subspecialties involved in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
- Information about clinical trials and new treatment options
“We are honored and excited to have achieved this prestigious accreditation from the NAPBC because it validates what we already know – that our academic medical center is absolutely committed to providing stellar care and the best available treatment to patients with breast disease,” said Thomas Kearney, MD, FACS, Surgical Oncologist at RWJUH; Associate Professor of Surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) and Director of Breast Care Services at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ).
“This was a true collaborative effort between the hospital, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, University Radiology Group (URG), the faculty at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and community physicians,” said Margie McDonald, RN, Certified Breast Health Navigator and Director of Breast Care Connection, which held its grand opening in October.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.
RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care, from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation; cancer care; and women’s and children’s care, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (www.bmsch.org).
The hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. It ranks among “America’s Best Hospitals,” according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 survey; it is the sixth consecutive year that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious ranking. Also in 2012, U.S.News & World Report ranked BMSCH among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH among the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence