Centers of Excellence for Bladder Exstrophy


Association for the Bladder Exstrophy Community’s Center of Excellence program establishes criteria for the highest standards of treatment and bladder and cloacal exstrophy and recognizes best-in-class care.

Each Center of Excellence on the A-BE-C gallery meets 10 criteria deemed vital to treating the complex needs of infants and children with bladder and cloacal exstrophy.

The Centers of Excellence is an evolving list that currently only includes U.S. hospitals that completed A-BE-C’s application process and passed the screening criteria in 2018. A-BE-C expects the list to grow as more hospitals in the U.S. and other countries apply for this designation.

A network of excellence in treatment of exstrophy
A-BE-C will bring all Center of Excellence members together at least annually for the programs to share updates on care activities and research initiatives. Each center of excellence must re-designate every three years. This process includes an application and review of achievements by a peer-review committee and A-BE-C staff.
Regardless of where you seek care, A-BE-C encourages patients and families to consider the 10 criteria of excellence when evaluating any providers.


Why a Center of Excellence Designation Matters


The “Center of Excellence” designation is not an accreditation or certification, by the Association for the Bladder Exstrophy Community (A-BE-C) and should not be held out to, or understood by, the public or any third party as indicative of A-BE-C’s opinion that those who attain it have met any standard of quality or achievement. Designation is self-reported and peer reviewed by A-BE-C’s medical advisory board and staff.