Parkview Cancer Institute receives national accreditation for breast care

FORT WAYNE, IND. (Feb. 4, 2019) – The Parkview Cancer Institute has been accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, demonstrating its commitment to high quality care and outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast.

“This accreditation validates the incredible work that’s been done to transform care for our breast cancer patients,” said Neil Sharma, MD, president, Parkview Cancer Institute. “When we built our new facility, we also built an integrated, patient-centered treatment model that meets the same standards as many of the best cancer centers in the country. That means women in our region can access advanced care that’s close to home.”

Sharma also credited the breast care team, including doctors Melanie Clark, MD, oncologist; Linda Han, MD, surgeon; Lindsay Hardley, DO, surgeon; and Ellen Szwed, DO, oncologist; as well as the rest of the PCI team, for their work in making this accolade possible.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is given to centers that have voluntarily committed to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement.

According to the NAPBC, a breast center that achieves accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options
  • High-quality breast care that is close to home

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

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