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Patient Navigation

The Sullivan Breast Center has been granted 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 breastcare and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. The Sullivan Center achievement of NAPBC accreditation demonstrates a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. Only a comprehensive breast health center such as Sibley’s organizes multi-disciplinary services into a fully integrated system of care. Breast imaging, breast cancer and breast reconstruction surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology, physical therapy and other key teams collaborate closely to ensure the well-being of each patient. Our Nurse Navigator is a Certified Breast Patient Navigator in Breast Imaging and Cancer Care (CBPN-IC), through the National Consortium of Breast Centers. The Nurse Navigator is available to guide patients through what might be an unfamiliar and often anxiety-inducing process. Sibley attracts breast patients from throughout the nation and internationally. Our reputation generates referrals from the most recognized names in cancer treatment, including the Dana Farber Clinic, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins and Foxchase Cancer Center. With an estimated 178,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed annually in the United States and 40,000 deaths from the disease, referrals are not handed out lightly.

“As Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center and co-founder and Program Director of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, to date this is the first and only breast center that has formally incorporated a dedicated Survivorship Navigator into their breast center programs and services. Preparing breast cancer patients for life after treatment is critically important given that there is now a growing shortage of oncology specialists while simultaneously having an increase in the number of breast cancer patients diagnosed and treated. Traditionally patient navigation has begun with imaging and ended with acute breast cancer treatment. Through the gracious funding provided by NBCF, Sibley’s Sullivan Breast Health Center is pioneering the way to extending navigation into survivorship care which is critical to patient care.” – Lillie D. Shockney, RN., BS., MAS., University Distinguished Service Associate Professor of Breast Cancer


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