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Backus Breast Cancer Program earns national reaccreditation

March 21, 2018

NORWICH – The Backus Hospital Breast Cancer Program recently earned a three-year reaccreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

The NAPBC accreditation is awarded to institutions across the nation that are providing the highest level of breast care. NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving the quality of care and monitoring the outcomes of patients with breast disease. This mission is accomplished by setting standards, scientific validation and patient and professional education.

“This national recognition is evidence of the Backus team’s commitment to providing the best possible care to patients fighting breast cancer,” says Dinesh Kapur, MD, medical director of the Backus Cancer Program. “Earning reaccreditation represents a tremendous amount of work and dedication to our patients.”

The reaccreditation was announced after a site visit and in-depth review of the hospital’s performance in 27 evidence-based standards established by the NAPBC board of directors, a group of national breast experts from more than 16 professional subspecialty societies.

“This accreditation reassures patients coming to the Backus Breast Center that they are receiving care that meets strict national guidelines,” says Kathleen Kurowski, MD, head of the Breast Center leadership team. “Our breast specialists work collaboratively to provide the best care for every patient.”

NAPBC accreditation means patients find comprehensive care, state-of-the-art services, multidisciplinary team approach for the best outcomes, access to clinical trials and new treatments.

“Being the region’s only accredited facility underscores the efforts of our talented team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physical therapists, nutritionists and others who are dedicated to the care of our patients,” says Donna Handley, president of Backus Hospital.

In 2017, the American Cancer Society reported about 252,000 new cases of breast cancer, which is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in this country. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death, with more than 40,000 deaths in 2017 from the disease.

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Backus Hospital is celebrating the 125th year of providing quality healthcare to the residents of eastern Connecticut. The not-for-profit, 213-bed hospital in Norwich offers a variety of primary and specialty services, including the only trauma center in New London and Windham counties serviced by LIFESTAR helicopter services, in partnership with Hartford Hospital. Backus offers wound care and hyperbaric medicine, Mako robotic-arm assisted hip and knee replacement services, Globus ExcelsiusGPS™ surgical guidance system for spine procedures, a comprehensive cancer program affiliated with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance, minimally-invasive surgery program using the daVinci® surgical robot, surgical and medical weight loss, advanced cardiology and vascular care, and the state-of-the-art Dr. Frederick S. Eadie Birthing Center. Other services – including a diabetes center, arthritis center and anti-coagulation clinic – are offered in the Backus Outpatient Care Center and other off-site locations.