Adams Cancer Center program is one of 30 accredited centers in PA
The Adams Cancer Center breast program has been granted a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.
The breast program is one of only 30 accredited centers in Pennsylvania. It is the only one in Adams, Franklin and York counties as well as Carroll, Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland.
“This achievement is the result of a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of many people,” said Ronald Hempling, M.D., vice president of the oncology services. “I’m proud of all of them.
“Having an accredited breast cancer program will have a tremendous impact on area women and their families.”
He added, “NAPBC accreditation is a third-party endorsement of our efforts to alter the level of breast cancer care so that women in Adams County don’t need to go elsewhere to receive excellent clinical care and support.”
During the survey process, the Adams Cancer Center breast program demonstrated compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with a 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 program that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
Dr. Hempling said the accreditation is particularly gratifying because it grew out of a concerned request from the Adams County Breast Cancer Community Advisory Board.
“The community asked us to create a system for breast cancer care that would eliminate the need to go elsewhere for excellent care,” he said.
Collaboration among Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology, Surgery, Pathology, Imaging and the leadership of WellSpan changed the dynamics of quality care in the community, according to Dr. Hempling.
“We’ve created a very high standard of care, and we have done it with outstanding and dedicated providers.” He added, “Meeting community needs is what WellSpan is all about.”
Breast Program Leaders
Robert Rice, MD, PhD, medical oncology
Angela Brooks, MD, pathology
Sherif Yacoub, MD, PhD, radiation oncology
Timothy McKee, MD, FACS, surgical oncology
Marie Spagnoli, MD, radiology