Circle of Hope Campaign Partner Achieves National Recognition

In May 2011, the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation introduced a new campaign – Circle of Hope – in support of the Breast Cancer Project at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.  The goal of the campaign is to raise $1 million for the Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Breast Cancer Program that will be used to purchase new equipment, provide patient and family education, and support research and staff training.  The campaign will rum from May 2011 to October 2015.

Recently, the Breast Program Leadership Team, a Circle of Hope Partner, celebrated a major clinical milestone – Fairbanks Memorial Hospital was recognized as a National Accreditation for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Accredited Breast Center by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for an additional 3-year term.  Each center with NAPBC accreditation undergoes a rigorous application process and onsite survey to ensure that it meets the criteria for 27 standards in such categories as leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.  In addition, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital had to have documented evidence that they provide 17 key components that contribute to high-quality patient care.  Fairbanks Memorial Hospital met or exceeded the standards in all categories.

Nationally, nearly 200 centers are currently accredited.  Fairbanks Memorial Hospital remains the ONLY hospital in Alaska to hold such accreditation.

The NAPBC recognition is a great example of the Breast Program Leadership Team, physicians, nurses, staff, administration and the community working in partnership to meet the health care needs of the community.