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Fortunato Breast Health Center Awarded Three-Year Full Accreditation

November 27, 2012

The Fortunato Breast Health Center at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital has received another three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which called it “a very excellent breast center.”

“The NAPBC recognizes and applauds your center’s commitment to providing the highest quality evaluation and management of your patients with breast disease,” said Scott H. Kurtzman, MD, FACS, Chair of the NAPBC Standards and Accreditation Committee, and Cary S. Kaufman, MD, FACS, Chair of the group’s Board of Directors in a letter informing Mather of the accreditation. The NAPBC is a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

This recognition is given only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous review of their performance. The Fortunato Breast Health Center is one of only four on Long Island to have earned this prestigious distinction.

“Although small, this is a very excellent breast center,” the NAPBC surveyor wrote. “The heart of this program is in the radiology department,” a reference to co-Medical Directors and board certified radiologists Dr. Joseph Carrucciu and Dr. Michelle Price. 

The surveyor also noted:

  • A remarkable “best practice” program. He cited expedient needle biopsies, with pathology back in 24-48 hours. When appropriate, the patient meets in person with radiologist and nurse navigator for results within 1-2 days of biopsy, and is assisted in making all needed follow up appointments. “I have not seen radiologists so dedicated to the information sharing of a newly diagnosed breast cancer patient.”
  • Excellent navigation support. The nurse present at the biopsy is also present when results are discussed, and she visits the patient on the day or her surgery. Both breast dedicated radiologists and several nurses have taken navigator training.
  • The radiologists that perform needle biopsies are board certified radiologists.
  • The medical oncologists and radiation oncologists on staff are board certified, and patients have access to state-of-the-art clinical trials.  
  • All types of breast reconstruction are offered here by plastic surgeons actively involved in the program.
  • The largest lymphedema program in the Northeast, with 9 lymphedema therapists.
  • The hospital also has excellent community outreach. The surveyor noted both the Center’s sensitivity to the local Spanish speaking population and its translation of materials into four languages.

“This survey reflects the excellent patient care we provide to our breast program patients on a daily basis,” said Mather Hospital President Kenneth Roberts. “I wish to thank everyone who was involved in the survey process.”

To earn accreditation, a breast center must comply with standards established by the NAPBC for women diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. Those standards include center leadership, clinical management, interdisciplinary patient management, patient navigation, follow-up surveillance of breast cancer patients, diagnostic imaging, nursing care, support and rehabilitation and educational resources.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.