Circle of Hope – The Breast Cancer Project at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital
Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer, over the course of her lifetime. Every Fairbanksan probably knows of someone that has been touched by the disease.
In 2010 alone, an estimated 207,090 new cases of breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women and men, almost 2,680 in Alaska, and almost 60 new cases in Fairbanks alone.
The Circle of Hope campaign seeks to achieve the National Quality Measures of Breast Centers accreditation (NQMBC) through the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC). The goal will be accomplished through fundraising efforts, the purchasing of new equipment and educational tools and through the promotion of breast health awareness and prevention throughout the Community.
The journey towards accreditation began in 2009 when Fairbanks Memorial Hospital (FMH) became a participant with the NCBC. Circle of Hope seeks to continue that journey by helping complete the next three phases which include:
- Becoming a Certified Participant;
- Becoming a Quality Breast Center; and
- Ultimately reaching the goal of becoming a Quality Breast Center of Excellence.
By holding this accreditation through the NCBC, FMH demonstrates its commitment to the Fairbanks community and ensures Fairbanks patients receive excellent quality breast health care from highly qualified physicians and staff as measured by the national standards and guidelines.