Mercy Health Breast Cancer Program receives accreditation

Press Staff Writer

        The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted a three-year accreditation to the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Mercy Health Cancer Centers at Perrysburg, St. Anne, Sylvania, Tiffin, Willard and Defiance, affirming the high-quality, comprehensive and compassionate care delivered here in the Toledo/Rural Market.
        As part of their accreditation process, NAPBC surveyors review each center’s commitment to leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. Achieving NAPBC’s accreditation, by demonstrating compliance with all 29 of their rigorous quality standards, affirms that Mercy Health patients have access to clinical trials, new treatments, genetic counseling, certified patient navigators, a survivorship program, as well as other patient-centered services to ensure all needs are met from screening, through diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.
        “I love my role as a breast surgeon, and the primary reason I do, especially associated with the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program, is that it is a multidisciplinary approach to the complexity of breast cancer,” said Dr. Constance Cashen, Breast Program director, Mercy Health.
        “This is one of the most emotionally-charged diagnoses that a woman can ever receive, and the opportunity for her to know that she is receiving multiple perspectives on how to meet her particular situation, that we are going to analyze her case with multiple specialists with a consistent program and a consistent message for her, that we are going to be there to support her going through her journey of cancer care, she knows she’s not doing that alone,” Dr. Cashen said.      The Oncology Service Line for Mercy Health in the Toledo region provides comprehensive cancer care for a number of cancer types at a number of community-based locations. To learn more about the available services and/or to schedule a screening or appointment, visit
        About the NAPBC
        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.  This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education.  Its board membership includes professionals from 20 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care.
         For information on the NAPBC, visit


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