The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted accredited status to Kaiser Permanente in West Los Angeles. To achieve voluntary NAPBC accreditation, a breast center demonstrates compliance with the NAPBC standards that address a center’s leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement for patients. Breast centers seeking NAPBC accreditation undergo a site visit every three years.

As a NAPBC-accredited center, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles is committed to maintaining levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered, multidisciplinary care resulting in high-quality care for patients with breast disease. Patients can be confident that their breast care team includes health care professionals from a variety of disciplines who are committed to working together to provide the best care available through their entire course of treatment. Patients receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatment options, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psychosocial support, rehabilitation services, and survivorship care.

“Our expert physicians, surgeons, and care teams have an unrelenting commitment to medical excellence when treating patients with breast disease,” said Dr. Kelly Huynh, trained surgical oncologist and Breast Program director at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center. “We put our patients first so that they can thrive and live long and healthy lives.”

Overall, 3 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Southern California are NAPBC-accredited centers. They are: Baldwin Park Medical Center, Los Angeles Medical Center and West Los Angeles Medical Center.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is granted only to those programs that are committed to providing the best possible care to patients with breast cancer. The NAPBC provides the structure and resources to develop and operate a high-quality breast center and accredited program. Patients receiving care at this NAPBC-accredited center 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

For more information, visit https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/napbc.

Submitted by Emily Guardado Communications Specialist