National Accreditation Recognizes Outstanding Breast Care

Alexandria, VA - (February 16, 2010) – The Inova Breast Care Institute at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital recently earned a three-year accreditation in breast care from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), part of the American College of Surgeons, which sets the standard for how breast cancer patients receive care.

“Inova Mount Vernon Hospital continues to deliver excellence in quality breast care and this recognition acknowledges our commitment,” said Barbara Doyle, CEO, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. “Each day our physicians and staff assist patients in need of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

The Inova Breast Care Institute at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital earned accreditation by meeting or exceeding 27 standards of breast cancer care. The Institute was evaluated during an on-site review of its imaging, radiation oncology and medical oncology treatments, surgery, survivorship programs, leadership, research, genetic counseling and breast care navigator program, among other programs.

“We are very honored for Inova Mount Vernon Hospital to receive this sought-after accreditation. The Inova Breast Care Institute at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital has achieved a superior level of expertise in breast care and joins the other Inova hospitals,” said Kirsten Edmiston, MD, Medical Director, Cancer Services, Inova Health System. “This designation by NAPBC is a testament to the quality care we provide our patients. The Inova Breast Care Institute is more than just one hospital and one doctor – it’s an entire healthcare system providing the very best in breast care.”

The Inova Breast Care Institute is the largest accredited program in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The Inova Breast Care Institute offers a multidisciplinary team of nearly 100 experts across the System who provide a full range of breast cancer care. With access points at each Inova hospital, Inova provides more breast cancer care than any other healthcare organization in Northern Virginia, treating more than 1,000 women each year.

For more information about Inova Breast Care Institute visit inova.org/ibci.

Inova Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Inova provides a healthy environment for its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians by prohibiting tobacco use on its campuses.