Memorial Breast Health Center earns national accreditation

MEMORIAL Breast Health Center   Memorial’s Breast Health Center of Excellence was 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.

Memorial’s Breast Health Center of Excellence is the only breast center accredited by the NAPBC in the metro-east and has earned the Center of Excellence designation from the American College of Radiology.  In 2014, Memorial was the first hospital in the area to provide 3-D mammography (breast tomosynthesis).  Today, Memorial provides 3-D mammography at its Breast Center in Belleville as well as its diagnostic facility in O’Fallon.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is given only 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.  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.  The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.

A multi-disciplinary team of surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and breast health professionals worked together over a period of three years to achieve this accreditation.  Members of the team included:  Dr. William Popovic, medical oncologist with Illinois Oncology, Dr. James Clanahan, breast program leader and surgeon with Lincoln Surgical, Dr. Susan Ladusinsky, radiation oncologist with The Cancer Treatment Center, Dr. Stephen Bolestea, pathologist, Dr. Nicholas Hilpipre, with Clinical Radiology and lead interpreting radiologist in Memorial’s Breast Health Center, Kerry Wrigely, quality improvement director, Pam Holbrook, radiology director, Kim Widel, Memorial Breast Health Center and breast program coordinator, Anne Thomure, director of hospital and community relations and Megan Moulton, social  media and outreach coordinator.

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
  • Completion of a survivorship care plan on every patient, and
  • Quality breast care close to home.

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 are extremely proud to receive this accreditation from NAPBC,” said Mark J. Turner, Memorial Regional Health Services president.  “This accreditation validates the commitment of our physicians as well as Memorial’s staff to provide exceptional breast health services to our patients.”

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.