Scripps Polster Breast Care Center Receives Prestigious Accreditation

The center becomes one of only three in California to achieve the NAPBC designation

La Jolla – The Scripps Polster Breast Care Center at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. The Scripps Polster Breast Care Center is one of only three facilities in California to receive this prestigious designation.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is given only to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance.

During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of:

  • Center leadership
  • Clinical management
  • Research
  • Community outreach
  • Professional education
  • Quality improvement

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.

“We’re proud to be one of only two centers in California to receive the NAPBC designation because this recognizes the high quality breast care that we provide and signifies our ongoing commitment to excellence for our patients and our community,” says Mary K. Wilde, MD, medical director of the Scripps Polster Breast Care Center.

About the Scripps Polster Breast Care Center, and the NAPBC

The Scripps Polster Breast Care Center provides a wide spectrum of screening and diagnostic options for breast disease. Breast health services include education, prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer and other breast diseases.

The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving 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 reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

NAPBC accreditation means comprehensive care and access

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient 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

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit its website at

About Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla

Established in 1924 by Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla has been one of Southern California’s premier medical centers for more than 80 years. Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla offers a wide range of clinical, surgical and specialty services including a Level II Trauma Center and 24-hour emergency services, intensive care, interventional cardiology and radiology, radiation oncology, cardiothoracic and orthopedic services, neurology, bariatric surgery and women’s health services.

The hospital is consistently recognized for quality patient care and was the first in San Diego to be designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nursing Association for excellence in patient care.

Contact: Lisa Ohmstede

Phone: 858-626-7142


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