Marin General Hospital’s Breast Center Honored

GREENBRAE, CA — Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, CA has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR), and has also has received accreditation from the American College of Surgeons National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

The ACR award recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in all of the College’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program. Recognized centers have undergone peer-review evaluations to confirm that they adhere to high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control and assurance procedures.

"This award assures our patients that Marin General Hospital is fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, said Dr. Vida Campbell, medical director of the Breast Health Center of Marin. "We're very proud to be among a small percentage of hospitals that earn this recognition."

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Marin General Hospital is one of just 11 centers in the State of California that have earned the NAPBC designation, conferred by a consortium of national, professional organizations that are dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and the monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast. To earn accreditation, each breast center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with NAPBC Standards, which include such requirements as agreeing to refer only to Board-certified specialists; using patient navigators; offering strong patient education and support; palliative care and survivorship programs; and meeting stringent requirements for equipment, continuing education and research. Patients at Accredited NAPBC Centers can expect a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment, a multidisciplinary team approach that coordinates the best available treatment options, information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options, and access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education, and support services. 

"We're proud to have been recognized by these two prestigious designations," said Dr. Campbell. "We understand how critically important it is to the communities we serve that we offer the best possible breast cancer detection and treatment program, and we're committed to reaching that goal."