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Memorial Breast Health Center earns national accreditation


BELLEVILLE — Memorial’s Breast Health Center of Excellence was granted a three-year/full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, 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. 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 the 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.

“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.”

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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