A diagnosis of breast cancer is stressful, frightening — and overwhelming.
Get the confidence to focus on your health and your recovery by
choosing a breast cancer program with the highest standards of breast
care, professional expertise and treatment options. You’ll be assured you
are receiving every significant advantage in your battle against breast
Hurley Medical Center’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program was
the first medical facility in the area to be accredited by the National
Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
Hurley also is the fi rst program in Flint to off er a Certifi ed Breast Care
Nurse Navigator, a highly-trained registered and certifi ed breast cancer
nurse who supports patients throughout their treatment.
Hurley has been certifi ed by the NAPBC, a program administered by the
American College of Surgeons, since 2010. Receiving care at an NAPBC
-accredited center ensures patients 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
- Quality breast care close to home
“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. Hurley Medical Center provides the most outstanding
clinical care and compassion for patients and their families, and we
are proud to have earned this accreditation,” says Raouf Mikhail, MD,
Dr. Mikhail is the Chief of Hurley’s Department of Surgery, the Director
of the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program and the Medical Director
of the Hurley Cancer Center. He is Board-Certifi ed in Breast Surgery,
General Surgery, and Surgical Oncology.
During the NAPBC’s survey process, Hurley demonstrated compliance
with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who
are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards
include profi ciency in the areas of leadership, clinical management,
research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.
Th e Breast Health Nurse Navigator Program also is a crucial component
of the Hurley Breast Center team’s treatment options.
From diagnosis to treatment, breast reconstruction and long-term
follow-up, a caring, highly-trained registered and certifi ed breast cancer
nurse supports patients going through every step of their breast cancer
treatment and journey.
“A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated
a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in
their battle against breast disease. Hurley’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator
Program provides the latest information and research, and connects
patients with resources for nutrition, lifestyle, emotional, and spiritual
support, demonstrating our commitment to providing patient and
family focused care at a very stressful time in these patients’ lives,” says
Marsha Schmit, RN, BSN, CBCN, Hurley’s Breast Health Nurse Navigator.
Th e 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. This mission is pursued through
standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional
education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15
national organizations that refl ect the full spectrum of breast care.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates 246,660 patients will be
diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2016. In
addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign
breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment