Published on April 05, 2016

Bliss Cancer Center Earns Breast Center Designation

AMES, IA – The William R. Bliss Cancer Center has been granted a three-year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

NAPBC accreditation recognizes the Bliss Cancer Center’s commitment to offer patients every significant advantage in the fight against breast cancer. The Bliss Cancer Center is a service of Mary Greeley Medical Center and McFarland Clinic.

“Becoming NAPBC-accredited was important to us because it helps us improve our quality of care and helps us to monitor outcomes for our patients with diseases of the breast,” says Dr. Debra Prow, oncologist with McFarland Clinic. “It also gives us public recognition of our program’s commitment to quality care and documents that our outcomes meet or exceed national benchmarks.”

To be recognized by the NAPBC, the Bliss Cancer Center had to demonstrate proficiency in leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, education and quality improvement. 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

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 246,000 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2016. To learn more about Bliss Cancer Center services, please visit

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