PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, October 24, 2016

Santa Barbara Breast Care alliance Re-Accredited by the National Accrediation Program for Breast Centers

Santa Barbara, Calif. — The Santa Barbara Breast Care Alliance received three-year full accreditation 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 breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

“We are proud to receive NAPBC accreditation for demonstrating our firm commitment to offer patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease,” said Fred Kass, MD, Director of Medical Oncology at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara with Sansum Clinic. Dr. Kass will serve a three-year term as Chairperson of the Santa Barbara Breast Care Alliance from 2016–2019.   

During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the 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. 

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. Accreditation by the NAPBC ensures patients that the Santa Barbara Breast Care Alliance program meets the highest national standards in breast care.

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

And, most importantly,

Quality breast care close to home.

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at
About the Santa Barbara Breast Care Alliance
The Santa Barbara Breast Care Alliance is a collaborative group of breast care experts who work together seamlessly to provide comprehensive and compassionate care for those with breast health concerns.  This “breast center without walls” includes medical professionals in the field of Radiology, Pathology, Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and Nuclear Medicine. For more information visit

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