SANTA ROSA -- Kaiser Permanente's Breast Care Center in Santa Rosa has been granted a three-year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program overseen by the American College of Surgeons.

It's the only program in Sonoma County to achieve the designation, and the next closest is Marin General Hospital, according to the the NAPBC.

"We are thrilled to have earned this accreditation by the NAPBC," said Loie Sauer, a breast cancer surgeon and co-chair of Kaiser's Breast Interdisciplinary Practice Committee.  "Kaiser Permanente’s program in breast care includes an amazing commitment to early detection and screening, comprehensive cancer services, data collection, clinical research and survivorship services.”

According to Kaiser, accreditation by the NAPBC involves a rigorous evaluation and survey process. The full review of Kaiser's Santa Rosa center focused on center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

“This accreditation is a reflection of our commitment to our patients around the highest quality and the promise of a longer and healthier life,” said Kirk Pappas, physician-in-chief at Kaiser Santa Rosa.

Kaiser's Santa Rosa Breast Care Center provides comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services; a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; and information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options, according to Kaiser.