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October 9, 2009

SIU Breast Center Receives National Accreditation

The Breast Center at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, a program of SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU, has received a full three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.  SIU’s center is now one of 23 centers in the U.S. that has successfully completed a new rigorous evaluation and review process.

“We are proud to be one of the first breast centers in the country to receive this accreditation which signals that SIU’s Breast Center is able to offer this kind of ‘gold standard care’ to the women of central and southern Illinois,” said Dr. Gary Dunnington, director of the Breast Center and professor and chair of surgery at SIU.

SIU’s Breast Center had 100 percent compliance on all 27 standards for the accreditation process used by NAPBC to measure the most efficient and effective care available for patients with breast disease.  Accredited centers like SIU’s must offer a complete range of state-of-the-art services and equipment; a multidisciplinary team approach for coordination of care; information about ongoing cancer clinical trials and new treatment options; access to prevention and early detection programs, cancer education, and support services; and ongoing monitoring and improvements in cancer care.

The SIU Breast Center, which opened in 1988, emphasizes patient centered, research based, interdisciplinary care for those with breast cancer, including expedited treatment options provided by a team of medical specialists.  More information is available online at or by calling 217-545-7432 weekdays.

NAPBC is a consortium of organizations dedicated to the improving care and monitoring outcomes for patients with breast diseases.  Its Web site is

The mission of the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through medical education, biomedical research, and patient service.  For more information, go online at or call 217-545-6000 weekdays.