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Methodist Recognized for High-Quality Breast Care by NAPBC

Published: Dec. 26, 2018

OMAHA – Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center Breast Care Center has been granted a three-year accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. 

Methodist was the first in Nebraska to be accredited in 2009 and has earned consecutive re-accreditations in 2012, 2015 and now 2018.

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. 


“To be the first in Nebraska to earn the NAPBC endorsement back in 2009 and to successfully maintain those standards in 2012, 2015 and 2018 for re-accreditation speaks to dedication, outstanding care and level of expertise we provide at our Breast Care Center,” said Julie Murray, vice president, Methodist Hospital. “Our physicians and entire medical team take great pride in this recognition and know it’s relevance in the fight against breast disease.”


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.

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 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in women in 2018. In addition, an estimated 41,000 women will die from breast cancer this year alone.

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 option
  • Quality breast care close to home.