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UCI Breast Health Center earns accreditation

The facility is one of three in Orange County to get the nod from the American College of Surgeons.

BY SARA FERRERPublished: April 13, 2011 11:02 AM

The UCI Breast Health Center has earned a three-year accreditation by the American College of Surgeons – the nation’s principal standardization body for surgical practice and education. It is one of the only 20 accredited breast centers in California, three in Orange County.

According to the American Cancer Association, there are about 23,800 breast cancer cases in California – 2,025 in Orange County alone. The accolades awarded to the UCI Breast Health Center ensures that patients will have access to comprehensive state-of-the-art services and information, as well as a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinating the best treatment options close to home.

Accredited facilities voluntarily undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review, and must demonstrate excellence in leadership, data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement practices.

"Our top priority is ensuring that patients receive the greatest range of options for treating their breast cancer," said Dr. Karen Lane, the center's clinical director. "The accreditation process requires frequent quality assurance checks, which will allow us to continually improve UC Irvine's already excellent breast health services."

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