News, Announcements and Expert Commentary from Inova

Inova Breast Care Center at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Approved by the NAPBC

Media Contact: Rita Wakefield, 703-664-7109

Three Year Accreditation Demonstrates Commitment to Quality Patient Care

Alexandria, VA (July 19, 2013) – Inova Mount Vernon Hospital 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 center 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.

“We are very pleased with the results of our survey and the outcome for accreditation, the staff and physicians at the Center work diligently everyday to provide quality services to each of our patients,” said David Weintritt, MD, Medical Director at the Inova Breast Care Center at IMVH.

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

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 232,340 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20131. 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

And, most importantly,

  • Quality breast care close to home.

For more information about the Inova Breast Care Center at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital contact Kristin Prettol at 703-664-7063.

#  #  #


  1. Lauren on December 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I will begin using BCBS Carefirst insurance beginning 1/1/16. I am a 7-year breast cancer survivor and would like to begin using your services for my annual exams, etc. (Dr. Weintritt was my surgeon back in 2009). Please let me know how I can begin using your services. Thank you.

    • InovaNewsroom on January 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm

      Please contact our Patient Navigator at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital at 703-664-7488 about scheduling an appointment with the Inova Breast Care Program. You can also learn more on the website,

Leave a Comment