AKRON, OH – The Summa Health Breast Center – Akron Campus has been granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC 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 program 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.

“Our team has worked incredibly hard over the past three years to achieve this significant accreditation,” said Dr. Melanie Lynch, medical director of the Summa Health Breast Center. “We are proud to represent Summa Health and so proud to serve those who seek our care.”

Dr. Gilbert Padula, who earlier this year joined Summa as medical director of the Summa Health Cancer Institute, said he knew of the Institute’s reputation for high-quality care when he worked in Grand Rapids, MI. “Summa’s reputation for excellence in cancer care is longstanding, “ said Dr. Padula. “This accreditation from NAPBC is certainly well-deserved.”

Sylvia Radziszewski, vice president of the Institute, added, “This is an honor for our health system as it speaks directly to the quality of our staff, our commitment to patient-centered care and our high patient satisfaction. This accreditation, in a sense, completes the NAPBC circle since the Breast Center at our Barberton Campus also earned the NAPBC designation last summer.”
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that there will be some 250,000 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States this year1. More than 9,000 of those new cases will come from the state of Ohio. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

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
• Quality breast care close to home.