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Advocate Good Shepherd Breast Center Receives Accreditation from NAPBC

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By Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Barrington -- Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is proud to announce that its Breast Center has earned a full, three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a prestigious program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

"We are so proud to have received this accreditation for our programs that focus on women's health, particularly our Breast Center," said Karen Lambert, president of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. "This certification reaffirms the superior care that women can expect at Good Shepherd, offering world-class services in a comfortable, safe environment. Congratulations to everyone on the Good Shepherd team involved."

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The NAPBC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that identifies and recognizes breast centers providing quality care in the United States. It is a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and outcomes of women with breast diseases. To receive accreditation from the NAPBC, breast centers must undergo a voluntary, rigorous evaluation and on-site survey, and meet certain performance standards. Centers are selected based on their multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing and treating breast disease.

"Earning this accreditation shows our commitment to our patients and the fight against breast disease," says Charlotte Dioguardi, RN Good Shepherd Hospital Breast Center Manager. "When patients visit a NAPBC accredited center like Good Shepherd, they can be assured they are receiving high quality care with optimal outcomes."

Good Shepherd's Breast Center was accredited based on its numerous programs focused on diseases of the breast and women's health using a multidisciplinary approach to care. World-class surgeons, oncologists, radiologists and nurse navigators are with patients from the very beginning to ensure the patient's treatment is integrated.

About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, Illinois is a 169-bed acute care hospital with more than 700 physicians representing 50 medical specialties. It is part of Advocate Health Care, named one of the Top Ten hospital systems in the U.S. by Thomson-Reuters. Good Shepherd has been named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics. Good Shepherd was the only hospital in the Chicago metropolitan area to receive this recognition. Advocate is a faith-based organization that exists to serve its communities. Advocate contributed $571 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2012. For more about Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.advocatehealth.com/goodshep

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