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Breast Care Center Receives NAPBC Accreditation

For Immediate Release:
Media Contact: Sarah Darcy
August 10, 2011
(781) 624-8970

South Weymouth, MA - August 10, 2011 - South Shore Hospital’s Breast Care Center, located at the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center in clinical affiliation with South Shore Hospital, has received a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

This is awarded after an evaluation by a physician surveyor who determines whether the center demonstrated compliance with 27 standards established by NAPBC. Standards include: Center Leadership, Quality Improvement, Community Outreach, Research, and Clinical Management. The Breast Care Center met all 27 standards.

NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring the outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. NAPBC’s mission is pursued through standard setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

South Shore Hospital's Breast Care Center is offered in affiliation with Brigham and Women's Hospital. It is conveniently located at 101 Columbian Street, South Weymouth. The Center provides advanced care to those who have already been diagnosed with a breast condition. Our mission is to provide timely, supportive, expert care for benign and malignant diseases of the breast, and to provide patients with access to innovative local, regional and national clinical trials. A physician referral is required to become a Breast Care Center patient. Please contact your primary care physician for more details, especially if you have a new breast problem.

The Center's medical director is Suniti Nimbkar, MD, a board-certified surgeon who has dedicated her practice exclusively to patients with breast disease. Joining Dr. Nimbkar as associate director is Katherina Zabicki Calvillo, MD, who is a board-certified, fellowship-trained breast surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute and South Shore Hospital, with a teaching appointment at Harvard Medical School.

Also staffing the Breast Care Center are Laura Dominici, MD, who is a board-certified, fellowship-trained breast surgeon at South Shore Hospital and, Leslie Leveille, NP, a nurse practitioner specializing in breast care.

South Shore Hospital's Breast Care Center focuses on patients with surgical breast problems, elevated risk of developing breast cancer, and/or a new or past diagnosis of breast cancer. Specific services include:

  • New cancer diagnosis
  • Breast abscess requiring drainage
  • Findings suspicious for cancer on primary care physical exam or breast imaging
  • Recommendation for stereo tactic biopsy (prior to stereo tactic appointment)
  • Recommendation for surgical biopsy
  • Painful cyst requiring aspiration, depending on the severity of pain
  • New breast mass
  • Low suspicion for breast cancer on primary care exam or imaging
  • Pre-menopausal patient, mass persists post-menstrually
  • Any post-menopausal patient with a new breast mass
  • Unilateral nipple discharge without suspicious findings on exam or imaging
  • Pre-menopausal patient, with nodularity on primary care exam; symptoms wax and wane with menses, but no dominant mass or suspicious findings or imaging
  • Screening exams for elevated risk due to family history or prior history of atypical ductal hyperplasia, atypical lobular hyperplasia, or lobular carcinoma in situ.

A physician referral is required to become a Breast Care Center patient. Call (781) 624-4545 for more information about the Breast Care Center.

South Shore Hospital is a 318-bed, not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable provider of acute, emergency, outpatient, home health, and hospice care to the people of Southeastern Massachusetts. South Shore Hospital’s home care division includes South Shore Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice of the South Shore, and Home & Health Resources. The hospital’s 900-member medical staff represents all leading medical specialties. South Shore Hospital employs 3,800 people, supported by a team of 600 volunteers. South Shore Hospital is licensed to provide Level II Trauma care and Level III Maternal/Newborn care. Please call (781) 624-MORE (6673) or visit southshorehospital.org for a referral to a South Shore Hospital physician.

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