1. Advanced Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  2. Audiology
  3. Autism
  4. Bariatric Surgery
  5. Behavioral Health
  6. Billing
  7. Blood Donation
  8. Branchburg Family Health Center
  9. Breast Care Program
  10. Bright Tomorrows Preschool and Child Care Center
  11. Briteside Adult Day Center
  12. Cancer Care
  13. Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  14. Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
  15. Center for Advanced Weight Loss
  16. Center for Bone and Joint Health
  17. Center for Healthy Aging
  18. Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management
  19. Central Jersey Regional Memory Center
  20. Child Development Center
  21. Cornerstone Family Practice
  22. County Line Family Practice
  23. CPR Training Center
  24. DaVinci Robotic Surgery
  25. Daycare
  26. Delaware Valley Family Health Center
  27. Developmental Pediatric Associates
  28. Diabetes
  29. Diabetes / Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management
  30. Diabetes and Endocrine Associates of Hunterdon
  31. Donate Blood
  32. Donate to Hunterdon Healthcare
  33. Early Intervention Program
  34. Emergency Department
  35. Employment
  36. Family Medicine
  37. Family Medicine Residency Program
  38. Geriatrics
  39. Hearing
  40. Hearing Aids
  41. Heart & Vascular Care
  42. Highlands Family Health Center
  43. Hip Replacement
  44. Home Health
  45. Hopewell Family Practice & Sports Medicine
  46. Hospice
  47. How to Make an Appointment
  48. Hunterdon Behavioral Health
  49. Hunterdon Center for Dermatology
  50. Hunterdon County Special Child Health Services Case Management Unit
  51. Hunterdon Health and Wellness Centers
  52. Hunterdon Healthy Connections
  53. Hunterdon Infectious Disease Specialists
  54. Hunterdon Lifeline
  55. Hunterdon Medical Center Foundation
  56. Hunterdon Pediatric Associates
  57. Hunterdon Regional Breast Care Program
  58. Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center
  59. Hunterdon Regional Community Health
  60. Hunterdon Regional Pharmacy
  61. Hunterdon Women’s Imaging Center
  62. Hunterdon Wound Healing Center
  63. Infusion Services
  64. Integrative Medicine Program
  65. Knee Replacement
  66. Laboratory Services
  67. Lifeline
  68. Mammography
  69. Maternity
  70. Medical Imaging
  71. Memory Center
  72. Neurodevelopmental Pediatricians
  73. Nursing Services
  74. Nutrition
  75. Pain Management
  76. Palliative Care
  77. Partnership for Health
  78. Pediatric Rehabilitation
  79. Pediatric Speech and Hearing Services
  80. Phillips Barber Family Health Center
  81. Physical & Occupational Therapy
  82. Physicians
  83. Primary Care
  84. Psychiatric Associates of Hunterdon
  85. Pulmonary Care
  86. Riverfield Family Health Center
  87. Sleep Disorders Centers
  88. Speech & Hearing
  89. The Child Development Center
  90. The Early Intervention Program
  91. Visiting Health and Supportive Services
  92. Volunteer Resources
  93. Weight Loss
  94. Wellness Centers
  95. Wound Healing
  96. X-ray
 

Hunterdon Medical Center Receives National Recognition for Breast Care

Published January 13, 2011

  PDF Icon 2010 Annual Report 

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), the only national accreditation program specifically for breast disease, awarded Hunterdon Regional Breast Care Program Three-Year Full Accreditation.  The NAPBC is a consortium of national and professional organizations dedicated to quality of care and the improvement of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast.

Less than 5% of all breast centers in the country are accredited by the NAPBC.  As part of this exclusive group, Hunterdon Regional Breast Care Program provides patients with access to a comprehensive interdisciplinary team specializing in the care of malignant and benign breast disease.   This breast care team includes board certified physicians, surgeons specializing in breast care, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and reconstructive surgeons, along with genetic counselors, social workers and oncology certified nurses and dietitians.  Patients have access to state-of-the-art services, including digital mammography, breast MRI, high-risk screening, lymphedema rehabilitation and clinical trials.  Those who go to NAPBC accredited Hunterdon Regional Breast Care Program receive timely, efficient, compassionate care from physical examination and treatment to follow-up and survivorship.

 Pamela Vlahakis, RN, BSN, CBCN, one of the first certified breast care coordinators in the nation, navigates patients through the system. She is experienced in breast health and works with patients who have abnormal results on their mammogram that require further investigation. Ms. Vlahakis works as a liaison between patients, physicians, and surgeons to ensure that patients receive appropriate care and prompt results.

Each NAPBC accredited center undergoes a rigorous survey process to ensure compliance with 27 standards, which address leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, education, data management, and quality improvement.  Randy Stevens, M.D., NAPBC surveyor noted, “Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center has a superb patient navigation process and an outstanding genetics program - identifying patients to be referred, active in research and follow through with the patient.”

But probably most importantly, Hunterdon Medical Center is proud of its five-year survival rates for breast cancer patients, which exceed community cancer center and national averages for all stages of the disease. Breast cancer represents approximately 30 percent of the total cancer cases treated at Hunterdon. While the rates of incidence in Hunterdon County are slightly higher than the state rates, mortality rates in the county are slightly lower thanks, in part, to a higher percentage of cases diagnosed at an early stage. Eighty-five percent of the patients diagnosed with breast cancer at Hunterdon had early stage disease, which significantly improves survival rates.

Healthcare providers at Hunterdon Healthcare follow all national recommendations for the treatment of breast cancer.  Hunterdon Healthcare monitored and demonstrated 100% compliance with national quality metrics.

For more information on Hunterdon Regional Breast Care Program call Pamela Vlahakis at 908-237-5447 

 

 

 

 

HUNTERDON MEDICAL CENTER
1998-2002 BREAST CANCER
FIVE YEAR OBSERVED SURVIVAL RATE BY STAGE
COMPARED TO COMMUNITY CANCER CENTERS AND NATIONAL, NATIONAL  CANCER DATA BASE PATIENTS DIAGNOSED 1998-2002
National Data Reported from 1,404 Hospitals, Community Cancer Centers/Data Reported from 480 Hospitals

 

  Hunterdon Medical Center Community Care Centers National
BREAST Cases Rate Cases Rate Cases Rate
Stage 0 83 98.7% 14,977 94.2% 110,357 95.3%
Stage 1 165 95.0% 37,949 89.2% 251,418 91.3%
Stage 2 126 87.9% 30,254 80.2% 200,423 83.0%
Stage 3 22 72.1% 6,766 54.2% 40,978 58.3%
Stage 4 12 33.3% 3,222 18.5% 19,283 21.4%
All Stages 408 90.5% 93,168 82.0% 622,459 85.0%
Source: NCDB, Commission on Cancer, ACoS/ACS.Survival Reports, 8/24/10

 

 

 Breast Cancer Survey Chart