February 6, 2013
SIU Breast Center Receives Perfect Score By National Accreditation Program
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) has rated the Breast Center at the Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield as 100 percent compliant on all 27 evaluation standards for accreditation used by the NAPBC.
The NAPBC is administered by the American College of Surgeons and was established to ensure that accredited institutions provide the most efficient, effective and up-to-date care available for patients with breast disease.
Dr. Robert Mocharnuk, director of the Breast Center at the SCI, said that Simmons Cancer Institute’s team approach for coordinating patient care “sets us apart from other cancer programs in the Springfield area.” The team of cancer specialists, including surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, oncologic psychologists, nurses and other medical staff meet on a weekly basis to discuss the patient’s diagnosis and to formulate detailed and coordinated treatment plans. “In essence, we come to the patient. This results in saved time for the patient while providing a clear, comprehensive and non-contradictory plan of action,” Mocharnuk said.
SCI received a 100 percent rating among all 27 standards of the NAPBC, including the requirement that breast centers provide patients with information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options. The NAPBC surveyor noted, “They do a good job at recruiting patients to clinical trials. The new director of the Breast Center won an award for high clinical trial participation.”
Other standards include access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education and support services. The NAPBC also requires that programs conduct regular self-assessments to monitor outcomes while constantly seeking out ways to provide better service to the community.
The SIU Breast Center opened in 1998 and is located at the Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter St, Springfield. The website is www.siumed.edu/cancer.
The Simmons Cancer Institute’s mission is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service.