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Aurora BayCare is Wisconsin's First Nationally Accredited Breast Program

Monday, April 06, 2009

Hospital is one of first four in nation to receive accreditation

Green Bay, Wis. - Aurora BayCare Medical Center is one of the first four hospitals in the country to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. It is the first breast program in Wisconsin to earn this recognition.

"This is an outstanding achievement not only for Aurora BayCare, but for our patients as well," said Dan Meyer, vice president and chief administrative officer of Aurora BayCare. "Residents of Northeastern Wisconsin can be proud knowing that the level of care offered at Aurora BayCare is setting the standard for breast centers across the country."

Aurora BayCare voluntarily participated in a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance. During the survey process, the hospital demonstrated compliance with all of the standards established by the NAPBC for treating patients who are diagnosed with breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.

Results showed that Aurora BayCare met all of the requirements of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers' standards in breast care.

"A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation demonstrates a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease," said David P. Winchester, M.D., chair of the NAPBC. "Those fighting breast cancer can be reassured knowing that cancer care experts are at Aurora BayCare."

One of those experts is breast surgeon Colette Salm-Schmid, M.D., the director of the breast program at Aurora BayCare.

"We met all 27 standards and all 17 components of care," said Salm-Schmid. "This proves that you can get quality breast care in a city of any size as long as you have the tools and skilled medical professionals like we have at Aurora BayCare."

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services;
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options;
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; and most importantly,
  • Quality breast care close to home.

"The power of the program at Aurora BayCare lies in the people who bring this level of expertise and knowledge to Green Bay," said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. "The city is proud to have such a dedicated group of health care providers who are passionate about saving lives."

In addition to being the first accredited program in Wisconsin, Aurora BayCare was the first hospital in Green Bay to introduce digital mammography (2002) and breast MRI biopsies (2004) as well as MammoSite (2003), SAVI (2007) and Contura (2008), which are targeted means of radiation that preserve breast tissue and can fit into different cavity sizes, shapes and locations.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay's east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint effort of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

BayCare Clinic is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is comprised of over 100 specialty physicians with expertise in more than 20 specialties. BayCare Clinic physicians have served patients in Green Bay and the surrounding region for over 25 years.

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 16 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

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Media Contact: Krissy Behnke, 920.496.6365

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