Olathe Medical Center (OMC) 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.
OMC received the accreditation for providing the highest level of quality breast care. This care includes a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists and multiple support staff members to provide timely diagnosis and treatment of patients and ongoing monitoring of patient's outcomes.
"This is an impressive group of dedicated professionals and staff who have organized a multidisciplinary team and breast program," the lead NAPBC surveyor said. "The administrative support and facilities are very apparent."
To achieve this accreditation, OMC had to undergo a rigorous application process and on-site survey to assure the NAPBC standards are being met. This designation means that breast care patients at OMC will receive comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services; a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; and information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
"For breast care patients, it's critical to have a multi-disciplinary approach to ensure they receive the highest standard of care that meets national guidelines," Kelly L. Rhodes-Stark, MD, radiation oncologist and Chair of the Breast Program Leadership Committee for OMC, said.
Dr. Rhodes-Stark said it took the hard work of many physicians and staff to accomplish the goal of accreditation.
"It is truly a major effort to receive this accreditation," Dr. Rhodes-Stark said. "Olathe Medical Center did not have to go through the accreditation process, but they did because they thought it was important for the hospital and for patient care."