Danbury Hospital’s Praxair Cancer Center Breast Care Program Earns Accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Western Connecticut Health Network
Valerie Staradub, M.D., F.A.C.S., Medical Director, Breast Care Program at the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital

The Breast Care Program at the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital has, once again, achieved a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

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.

Led by a fellowship-trained breast surgeon at Danbury Hospital, the Breast Care Program at the Praxair Cancer Center offers a comprehensive range of individualized services provided by a multidisciplinary team of compassionate specialists who focus on the medical and emotional needs of each patient from screening and breast wellness through diagnosis and treatment into survivorship.

"We're very pleased and honored to have achieved a three-year full accreditation from the NAPBC," said Valerie Staradub, M.D., F.A.C.S., medical director of the Breast Care Program at the Praxair Cancer Center at Danbury Hospital. "It reflects years of hard work, dedication and commitment of the entire multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses and other specialists with advanced training who meet regularly to review each case and deliver the highest quality comprehensive patient-centered care."

National Accreditation Program for Breast CenterDuring 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.

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 options, and, most importantly, quality breast care close to home.

About Western Connecticut Health Network Oncology Services

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's leading provider of cancer care services. Danbury Hospital Praxair Cancer Center, New Milford Hospital Diebold Cancer Center and Norwalk Hospital Whittingham Cancer Center are nationally accredited as Comprehensive Care Programs by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The Centers are the recipients of "Accreditation with Commendation" from the Commission on Cancer which recognizes cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary quality care to cancer patients. At Western Connecticut Health Network, our patients and their families receive an exceptional level of care, support and access to clinical trials in a compassionate environment, close to home, by our multidisciplinary care team of experienced medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, oncology nurses along with our oncology nurse navigators and other specialists with advanced training.

About National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

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.

Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. With this recent affiliation, the organization is now anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the three hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes numerous medical practices and sub-specialties across the region, home health care services, a nationally renowned biomedical research institute, the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates. For more information, visit TheNewWCHN.org. Share your comments with us at Facebook.com/DanburyHospital; Facebook.com/NewMilfordHospital and/or Facebook.com/NorwalkHospital.