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RWJUH Receives National Accreditation For Its Breast Health Program

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.

Click here to request an appointment or more information about Breast Care Connection.

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.