Memorial Hospital Earns NAPBC Accreditation for the Third Time

Memorial Hospital’s Harold & Dixie LePere Breast Center earns accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers of the American College of Surgeons for the third time.

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a quality program administered by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted accredited status to The Harold & Dixie LePere Breast Center. To achieve voluntary NAPBC accreditation, a breast center demonstrates compliance with the NAPBC standards that address a center’s leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement for patients. Breast centers seeking NAPBC accreditation undergo a site visit every three years. This is Memorial Hospital’s third accreditation.

“Thank you to our community for trusting us to serve their breast health care needs,” said James Clanahan, MD, medical director of the Harold & Dixie LePere Breast Center. “We would also like to thank the breast center team for their dedication and for being strong patient advocates, which allows us to care for almost 20,000 patient encounters a year.”

As a NAPBC-accredited center, The Harold & Dixie LePere Breast Center is committed to maintaining levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered, multidisciplinary care resulting in high-quality care for patients with breast disease. Patients can be confident that their breast care team includes health care professionals from a variety of disciplines who are committed to working together to provide the best care available through their entire course of treatment. Patients receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center also have access to information on clinical trials, new treatment options, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services, including psychosocial support, rehabilitation services, and survivorship care.

“This is an accreditation that not many breast centers can say they have – especially in Southern Illinois,” said Kimberly Widel, Breast Health Center nurse manager. “The accreditation assures the community we serve that we are treating and handling our breast patients with the best care possible and are following guidelines that have been set up to protect them.”

Accreditation by the NAPBC is granted only to those programs that are committed to providing the best possible care to patients with breast cancer. The NAPBC provides the structure and resources to develop and operate a high-quality breast center and accredited program. Patients receiving care at this NAPBC-accredited center 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.

About the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers represents a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the quality of care of patients with diseases of the breast. Its board membership includes professionals from more than 20 national organizations that represent the full spectrum of breast care. For more information, visit