The Hollings Cancer Research Center at MUSC has received national accreditation for a breast care program. Doctor Megan Baker is a breast surgeon and director of the program. “We received national accreditation from the American College of Surgeons for excellence in the breast cancer program, and that has a lot more to do with our patients, not just the people who work at Hollings because we were particularly recognized for all of the clinical trials,” says Baker.
The Hollings Comprehensive Breast Program has given MUSC’s Holling’s Cancer Center the honor of being the only Lowcountry breast center to hold this National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) status.
“In this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I just want to put in a plug for all the work that our patients have done to contribute to the advancements and treatments of breast cancer and our center here in Charleston, the Hollings Cancer Center is being recognized nationally for it,” says Baker.
The NAPBC recognition is a three-year accreditation given to centers that they deem have voluntarily committed to provide the best in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
“It’s just a pleasure to help take care of people. I think the best way to say thank you is help the next person along. It’s just making sure your friends and your family are staying up to date on their own care and are willing and able to participate in clinical trials to help advance things when possible is really the gift that we ask people to give back,” says Baker.
Hollings Cancer Center Director Andrew Kraft says the accreditation sends a clear message that the hospital will continue raising the bar for medical care.
The MUSC program now joins three other centers in the state in having NAPBC accreditation. They are: Bon Secours St. Francis Breast Health Center in Greenville; GHS Breast Multidisciplinary Center, also in Greenville; and Palmetto Health Breast Center in Columbia.