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Breast Care Connection at RWJUH Reaccredited By National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

January 18, 2013
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s (RWJUH) Breast Care Connection, a program that guides patients through all aspects of breast health care, has been reaccredited for three years by The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
The NAPBC is a consortium 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. NAPBC accreditation is granted only to centers that voluntarily have committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment and comply with established NAPBC standards.
“Working with the University Radiology Group, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and community and regional physicians, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital provides an excellent patient-centered breast cancer program, and reaccreditation by the NAPBC validates that successful multi-disciplinary, team approach,” says Lynn Lutwin, RN, Director of Breast Care Connection.
Breast Care Connection opened in 2009 and is located in a 3,000-square-foot facility at 10 Plum St., third floor. Lutwin says it serves an average of 250 patients per month. “We are here to guide, help and educate breast cancer patients,” she adds. “I am still impressed on a daily basis by all that we are able to accomplish together.”
To achieve accreditation, each center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the NAPBC standards. To maintain accreditation, centers must undergo an on-site review every three years.
At RWJUH, the NAPBC reaccreditation process started in 2012. A breast program leadership committee that includes Lutwin; David Fernandez, vice president, Oncology Services at RWJUH; Deborah Toppmeyer, M.D., Director, Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center and Chief Medical Officer, CINJ, and associate professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS); Surgical Oncologist Thomas J. Kearney, M.D., associate professor, RWJMS; Radiation Oncologist Sharad Goyal, M.D., assistant professor, RWJMS; Diagnostic Radiologists Erin Carney-Gellella, M.D., and Gary Needell, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor, RWJMS; and Joan Quagliata, RN, OCN, adult treatment nurse at CINJ, met regularly to complete the accreditation process to demonstrate compliance with standards in areas including radiology, mammography, medical and surgical oncology, and nursing and outreach. Breast Care Connection was reaccredited through 2015.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, NJ.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital ( 

As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. A Level 1 Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report three times. In addition, RWJUH was named among the best places to work in health care by Modern Healthcare magazine and received the Equity Care of Award as Top Hospital for Healthcare Diversity and Inclusion from the American Hospital Association.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks Magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJ Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.