The Breast Center at Mid-Columbia Medical Center earns prestigious re-accreditation

Celilo Building at Mid-Columbia Medical Center. Photo courtesy of MCMC

The Dalles, Oregon, Nov. 1, 2018–The Breast Center at Mid-Columbia Medical Center has once again earned a full, three-year accreditation from the American College of Surgeons’ National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). Accreditation ensures Gorge patients have access to the highest quality breast care—without having to leave their hometown.

Accreditation is only granted to breast centers that provide comprehensive, compassionate care. Each center goes through a rigorous evaluation process, including screening and site visits. To maintain accreditation, breast centers must monitor compliance with NAPBC standards in 17 key areas.

“When patients come to the Breast Center at MCMC, they can feel confident knowing they will receive the highest quality care,” said Kim Hartley, RN. “You don’t need to go to Portland for comprehensive breast care. The Breast Center provides services for women along the entire health spectrum, which is evidenced by our recent re-accreditation.”     

MCMC was the first hospital in Oregon, and today is one of only six in the state, to earn accreditation. At MCMC, breast patients have access to a team of highly-trained medical professionals offering a full range of services, including:

– Comprehensive treatment. MCMC offers a full range of screening and diagnostic tools, including digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and advanced treatment options. It also serves as a center for clinical research, which means patients have access to the most up-to-date information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.   

– Experienced team. MCMC takes a collaborative approach to patient care, with specialists in pathology, radiology, medical oncology, and oncoplastic surgery, which combines the best cancer surgery with an aesthetically-pleasing outcome.

– Personalized care. No two patients are alike. That is why MCMC couples aggressive treatments with holistic therapies such as acupuncture, massage, meditation, medical exercise, and yoga.  

The Breast Center at MCMC provides important resources for women along the entire health spectrum. By integrating screening, early diagnosis, patient advocacy and treatment, the breast center covers all breast health needs.  

“We are incredibly proud of this accreditation as it underscores the hard work and dedication of our breast center team,” said MCMC President & CEO Dennis Knox. “Our providers are committed to spreading health and wellness throughout the community, which is evidenced by our many prestigious awards, certifications, and accreditations.”

About Mid-Columbia Medical Center

MCMC has been serving the Columbia River Gorge for over 50 years. Adopted in 1992, the Planetree philosophy of patient care emphasizes the need to address a person’s intellectual, environmental, emotional, and spiritual concerns in addition to their physical needs.  For more information, visit