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Danbury Hospital Breast Care Program Granted Three-Year Accreditation by the NAPBC

Monday, June 04, 2012 - Danbury, CT

Valorie L. Staradub, M.D.

Valerie L. Staradub, M.D.
Medical Director, Breast Care Program
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Danbury Hospital’s Breast Care Program at the Praxair Cancer Center 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 demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease, with no deficiencies. 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.

“This is very good news for women in our community,” said Valerie L. Staradub, medical director of the Breast Care Program at the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital. “Achieving this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to the highest level of patient care and standards of practice for our breast care program.” “The NAPBC site reviewer specifically commented that we offer one of the best breast cancer tumor board conferences the surveyor had ever encountered,” added Dr. Staradub. “I am proud to report that our Breast Care Program demonstrated compliance with all 27 of the specific standards of the NAPBC with zero deficiencies.”

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.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 230,480 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20111. 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.

If you want more information about the breast care program at The Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital, go to Breast Care Program at the Praxair Cancer Center, or call 1-800-482-1387.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premiere, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the two hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes the following affiliates:

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in women’s health, cardiovascular and cancer services; minimally invasive and joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for neonatology with a Level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit and accredited sleep disorder centers. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns.

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1. American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2011-2012.