Ingalls Awarded Full Breast Center Accreditation by NAPBC


(March, 2016)

Ingalls Memorial Hospital 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, research, 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.

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.

“If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with breast cancer, you will have many issues to consider and decisions to make,” explains Alexander Starr, M.D., oncologist/hematologist and medical director of the Ingalls Richard K. Desser, M.D., Comprehensive Breast Center. “But there’s one thing you won’t have to worry about and that’s where to find the best possible treatment for your condition. By receiving care at an NAPBC-accredited program like Ingalls, you can be confident your breast care team includes professionals from a variety of disciplines that are committed to working together to provide you with the best possible care throughout treatment – from diagnosis through rehabilitation.”

For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at

For more information about breast care at Ingalls, visit or call Ingalls Care Connection at 708.915.CARE (2273).