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Holyoke Medical Center Receives National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

HMC was again 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.
Apr 29, 2019

HOLYOKE, MA – April 26, 2016 — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) was again 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. 

“This is an accreditation that Holyoke Medical Center has held since 2010. We were the first hospital in western Massachusetts to receive the designation and are proud to continue providing the excellent care our patients deserve,” said Oncology Medical Director Dr. Zubeena Mateen.

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.

“It is with great pride to have again received this accreditation. It represents that our staff has achieved excellence in the standards of care we provide,” said Spiros Hatiras, President and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems, Inc. “We have a state-of-the-art facility providing comprehensive and compassionate care to women for all breast diseases, from diagnosis and radiology, through follow up treatment. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to women from throughout the Pioneer Valley and beyond.”

During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. HMC was granted accreditation because of its proficiency and excellence in leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and 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.

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 their Web site at

About Holyoke Medical Center
Holyoke Medical Center is a 198-bed facility with 1,200 employees serving individuals and families throughout the cities and towns of Holyoke, Chicopee, South Hadley, Granby, Easthampton, Southampton, West Springfield and Belchertown. The medical staff includes more than 300 physicians and consulting staff. Holyoke Medical Center is a nationally-accredited hospital and received a 2014 Top Hospital Award from the Leapfrog Group for excellence in quality of care and patient safety. Among some of top-rated services at HMC is the award-winning HMC Stroke Service which has been consistently rated as one of the best in the state by The American Heart and Stroke Association.  Areas of clinical emphasis also include behavioral health, critical care, emergency care, orthopedics, oncology, rehabilitation, women’s health services, and speech and hearing services. Holyoke Medical Center is a member of Valley Health Systems in Holyoke which also includes the affiliates Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Life Care, Western Mass Physician Associates and River Valley Counseling Center.­­

About NABC
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.