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Backus Breast Center Achieves National Distinction

February 27, 2012

NORWICH – The William W. Backus Hospital Breast Health Center has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

The three-year accreditation, which is only awarded to institutions that provide the highest level of breast care — came last week following a rigorous evaluation by an on-site survey of the Backus Breast Center by the NAPBC surveyor, which included an in-depth review of the hospital’s performance related to 27 evidence-based standards.

Receiving breast care at an NAPBC accredited center ensures that patients have access to:  Comprehensive care, including a full spectrum 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.

“Achieving this national recognition demonstrates the Backus Health System’s firm commitment  to offer eastern Connecticut patients every advantage in their battle against breast disease,” said Dave Whitehead, Backus President and Chief Executive Officer. “This took a lot of work by a very talented and passionate team, and I want to thank everyone for all they have done to reach this milestone.”

During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC Board of Directors, a group of national breast experts

representing a consortium of over 16 professorial subspecialty societies. With NAPBC accreditation, a patient is ensured that they are going to a center where breast diseases

are managed in a multi-disciplinary fashion using national guidelines, and that all the critical components for treatment are available to them.

Backus received accolades from the on-site surveyor for proficiency in the areas of leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, diagnostic imaging. its website, professional education, and quality improvement.

“We have an expert team of breast specialists that provide top treatment and work well and closely together to provide the best care for our patients,” said Meena Moran, MD, Associate Professor of Yale University School of Medicine and Medical Director of the Backus Breast Health Center. “This means residents in eastern Connecticut get the highest level of care, close to home. We received tremendous praise from our surveyor, who felt our program was on the cutting edge and was excited to see this high level of care that our team is delivering in a community hospital setting.”

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 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

“This milestone differentiates Backus from other hospitals in region,” said James O’Dea, PhD, MBA, Vice President of Clinical Service Line Development. “You don’t achieve this distinction without a multidisciplinary team — from private practice physicians to radiologists, oncology certified nurse, surgeons, dietitians, physical therapists and many others — working together for the common good of our patients. When you do that, great things tend to happen.”

Backus had a steering committee of physicians, cancer registrar, patient navigator andadministration that worked for several years on the project.

“Getting this accreditation validates and confirms what we strive to do in our community every day — provide cutting edge care,” said Dinesh Kapur, MD, Medical Director of the Backus Cancer Center. I’m very thankful for the steering committee members who made this happen. This is a very proud day.”

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 192,370 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2009. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women deal with benign breast disease every year and require medical evaluation for treatment options.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit its web site at