The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital became the first Bucks County-based facility to earn the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation in 2010.
NAPBC-accreditation is granted only to centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in compliance with established NAPBC standards. Each center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with the NAPBC standards. To maintain accreditation, centers must undergo an on-site review every three years. NAPBC is administered by the American College of Surgeons.
NAPBC-accredited centers encompass the entire spectrum of breast care, providing women with access to a range of Board-certified specialists, including breast surgeons, breast radiologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, breast pathologists, plastic reconstructive surgeons, genetic counselors, and psychosocial support professionals. Accredited centers also offer breast nurse navigators, patient education and support, palliative care programs, survivorship programs, and high-risk clinics. To be accredited, a breast center must provide all of these services in one setting or provide most of the services onsite and have referral processes in place for other services.
Katherine Nellett, RN, OCN, CBCN is Doylestown Hospital's Breast Care Coordinator. In addition to accompanying a patient during biopsy, Nellett can meet with the patient to help coordinate all aspects of her care as well as referrals for second opinions, if requested. Doylestown Hospital is a member for the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network, which allows access to nationally recognized cancer experts.
The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital provides a number of American Cancer Society-sponsored support groups and services, each designed to help patients and families cope with the disease. These include "Look Good, Feel Better" and Reach to Recovery.
Doylestown Hospital sponsors the Young Women's Cancer Survival Coalition that meets monthly at Gilda's Club in Warminster as well as a Breast Cancer Support Group that meets monthly at Doylestown Hospital.
A satellite location for Gilda's Club is on the first floor of Doylestown Hospital.
Doylestown Hospital also holds a commendation as a Community Hospital Cancer Program from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.