Sanford Health earns breast center designation

(Bismarck, N.D.) – Sanford Health in Bismarck recently earned full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Sanford Health in Bismarck is the first and only health system in the region to achieve this prestigious quality designation and joins Sanford Health in Fargo, which is the only other system in North Dakota with the designation.

To earn NAPBC accreditation, Sanford Health had to show its commitment to providing the highest level of quality breast care while undergoing a rigorous evaluation process and review of its performance. During the survey process, Sanford Health demonstrated compliance with standards the NAPBC established for treating patients 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.

NAPBC accreditation ensures Sanford Health patients have access to comprehensive care for breast disease including a full range of state-of-the-art services, a team approach between physicians, nurse navigators and other health care professionals to coordinate the best treatment options, information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options and quality care close to home.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and nearly 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding cures for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit bismarck.sanfordhealth.org.

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Contact:

Kim Singer
Sanford Media – Bismarck Region
(701) 323-6312 / ksinger@mohs.org