Circle of Hope

The Breast Cancer Project at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital

The Hospital Foundation is a community-owned, non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing quality healthcare in Fairbanks. The Hospital Foundation has championed several projects to benefit the Interior Community’s healthcare needs, most recently the Fairbanks Imaging Center and the Harry & Sally Porter Heart Center.

On May 20th, the 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 dollars that will be used to work towards achieving a Quality Breast Center of Excellence status through the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC). Specifically, the money raised will be used to purchase new equipment, provide patient and family education, and support research and staff training. The campaign will run from May 2011 to October 2015.

Approximately 1 in 8 women, born in the United States, will be diagnosed with breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Every Fairbanksan probably knows of someone that has been touched by the disease.

In 2011 alone, according to the American Cancer Society Facts and Figures, an estimated 230,480 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed among women, as well as an estimated 57,560 additional cases of in situ breast cancer. Estimated new breast cancer cases in Alaska for 2011 is 460 and almost 70 new cases in the Fairbanks area.

Thankfully, Fairbanks can provide high quality care to those patients. The Fairbanks community benefited greatly from the pioneers whose persistent efforts in the late 1960’s built Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Now, it is the leaders of today that will ensure FMH and its important programs, such as Circle of Hope, continue to thrive.

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.


The following video summarizes Circle of Hope campaign highlights: