AdventHealth Waterman Receives National Breast Cancer Accreditation

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Breast Cancer Center Accreditation

TAVARES, Fla., February 14, 2020 — AdventHealth Waterman has received a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

AdventHealth Waterman received this designation for meeting national standards of excellence for providing comprehensive, patient-centered, multidisciplinary care and demonstrating high-quality clinical outcomes for patients with breast disease.

“We are very proud to be the first and only accredited breast center in Lake County,” said Abel Biri, AdventHealth Waterman CEO. “Our breast care team is passionate about providing outstanding care to breast cancer patients and this is demonstrated in achieving this national recognition for quality care.”

NAPBC-accredited centers demonstrate excellence in program leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.

Patients receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services, including care navigation.

“Our cancer care navigators help patients by coordinating appointments with our breast care team specialists, providing personalized education about cancer treatment and follow-up care, and assisting with access to resources such as psychosocial support, nutritional counseling and financial assistance,” said Leslie Maxwell, AdventHealth Waterman Cancer Institute director.
In addition to care navigation, receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center like AdventHealth Waterman ensures that patients have access to:
• Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services
• A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options and
• Information about clinical trials and new treatment options.

About the NAPBC
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. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care. For information on the NAPBC please go to

About AdventHealth Waterman
AdventHealth Waterman in Tavares has 299-beds and is one of the six hospitals in Flagler, Lake and Volusia counties that composes the AdventHealth Central Florida Division - North Region. Based in Altamonte Springs, AdventHealth is a connected system of care. With more than 80,000 team members, AdventHealth is one of the nation’s largest faith-based health care systems with nearly 50 hospitals and hundreds of care sites in nearly a dozen states. AdventHealth Waterman is located in the heart of Lake County and was founded in 1938 by Frank Waterman. With the mission of Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ, AdventHealth Waterman provides whole person care to heal the body, mind and spirit. For more information about AdventHealth Waterman, visit

Photo Caption:
AdventHealth Waterman has received a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). Pictured here from left to right, AdventHealth Waterman oncology certified nurses Charissa Wynn and Eileen Bascombe, oncology nurse navigator–certified generalist, were instrumental in the process to obtain the NAPBC designation.

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