Breast Center

Breast Center Phone Number: (906) 485-2632

Breast Center Accreditation – a Breast Center of Excellence

As of late February 2013, the Bell Hospital Breast Center in Ishpeming, Michigan has been 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. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given 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, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. 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.

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. The mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated that there would be 226,870 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 20121. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options.

In addition to the NAPBC accreditation, in June of 2013, Bell Hospital Breast Center also received the honor of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence - meaning accreditation has been received from the American College of Radiology (ACR) in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy. Each of these accreditations must be maintained in order to keep the status Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety.

To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility's personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It's important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

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

And, most importantly,

  • Quality breast care close to home.

For more information about the National accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their website at

  • American Cancer Society Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2012.

Breast Center Phone Number: (906) 485-2632

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