Kennedy Health System Cancer Program Receives Three-Year Accreditations from ACoS and NAPBC
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

3 year accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC)
The Kennedy Health System's Cancer Program has been granted two prestigious national accreditations – a three-year Accreditation with Commendation by the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) and a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) for the Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Center, located within the Kennedy Cancer Center in Washington Township, NJ.

Kennedy received these three-year accreditations following the onsite inspection by a physician surveyor. During these visits, the Kennedy Cancer Center demonstrated compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement), as well as a Commendation level of compliance from ACoS.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers represents a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast.

"The Kennedy Health System is honored and pleased to have been recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers for providing quality cancer care to the members of our community," said Kennedy President & CEO Martin A. Bieber.

The Kennedy Cancer Center offers Penn Radiation Oncology services at Kennedy, medical oncology services, the Kennedy Comprehensive Breast Center and an array of support and wellness programs for cancer patients and their families.

The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is awarded only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.
For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit www.accreditedbreastcenters.org.