Community Hospital recognized nationally

Written by Nicholas Serrano. Posted in People in the News

Published on July 20, 2011 with No Comments

Patients looking for the quality breast cancer care – from diagnosis through recovery – will find it at Community Hospital in Munster. The hospital’s breast cancer program and Community Healthcare System’s department of pathology have earned honors for providing care.

Community Hospital’s Breast Cancer program has received a three-year, full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program of the American College of Surgeons..

In addition to the Breast Center accreditation, Brenda Eriksen, M.D., medical director of Community Healthcare System’s department of pathology has achieved CAP (College of American Pathologists) accreditation for breast tissue processing and interpretation. Community Healthcare System’s pathology department is the only department in the state of Indiana to earn distinction.

“Accreditation by national agencies of this caliber tells our patients that they can expect a higher quality of care from our healthcare professionals,” said Don Fesko, CEO and administrator of Community Hospital. “Our patients gain peace of mind knowing we’ve met the most stringent standards for quality in personnel, facilities, and technology.”

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers is a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and the monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast.

Supporting this breast cancer care at Community Hospital:

Surgeons who are members of the American Society of Breast Surgeons

CAP “Breast Predictive Factors Testing” accreditation of the Pathology department

Radiation oncologists who participate in PAAROT (Performance Assessment for the Advancement of Radiation Oncology Treatment)

A High Risk Clinic – the only such clinic in Northwest Indiana

A Lymphedema Clinic, with certified lymphedema therapists

“Breast cancer is at the top of the list of a woman’s worst fears,” said Mary Nicholson, M.D., fellowship-trained, dedicated breast radiologist at Community Hospital and regional director of breast imaging services for Community Healthcare System. “We’re working to help women believe the truth that early breast cancers can be treated successfully.”

For more information about specialized women’s care and the programs and services offered by Community Hospital in Munster, visit

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