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Essentia Health’s Fargo Breast Center Earns Prestigious Accreditation

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Essentia Health's Breast Center in Fargo has received a prestigious national accreditation that recognizes its high level of care. The designation comes from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

"The NAPBC accreditation is recognition of Essentia Health's commitment to providing the highest quality care for our patients with breast disease and breast cancer," says Essentia Health Cancer Center Registry Coordinator Ann Shamdas. "Every breast patient benefits from state-of-the-art services and coordination of the best available treatment options by a team of specialists."

The Fargo Breast Center's three-year accreditation marks a significant system-wide achievement for Essentia. Fargo joins Essentia's Breast Health Center in Duluth and the Essentia Health Breast Center at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd as NAPBC-accredited centers.

NAPBC has developed national standards of care and conducts on-site surveys. The organization looks at more than 15 components, ranging from imaging services and services offered by patient navigators to surgical care and survivorship programs.

Fargo General Surgeon Dr. Joshua Gebur says the achievement benefits patients. "To our patients, this means we are committed to following national and current treatment guidelines for the evaluation and treatment of breast patients," says Dr. Gebur, who also serves on the Breast Program's leadership committee.

Physicians say the on-site surveys are an important tool to gauge how well breast centers are providing care. The thorough external review ensures that facilities are delivering the best possible care for patients.

"Breast center accreditation is assurance that women with breast disease at Essentia Health in Fargo can expect timely, efficient and compassionate care throughout the entire evaluation and treatment process," Shamdas says.

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