March 2012

Memorial Achieves First CHI Breast Center of Excellence Designation


Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, TN, is the first organization to receive CHI’s Breast Center of Excellence award. The award, an initiative of CHI’s national oncology service line, recognizes breast centers that ensure delivery of the highest quality care by achieving recognition from three external organizations:

  • Quality Breast Center of Excellence from the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers program
  • Breast Imaging Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiology
  • Accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

Together, these three recognitions place a breast center in the top one percent of documented performance in breast care.

Buddy Rawlings, MD, medical director of the breast health program at Memorial Health Care System, accepted the CHI Breast Center of Excellence award at PINK!, an annual gala fundraiser for Memorial’s MaryEllen Locher Breast Center.

Many other CHI organizations are working toward the CHI Breast Center of Excellence designation. Those that have achieved two of the three external awards include:

  • Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, WA
  • Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Colorado Springs, CO
  • TriHealth, Cincinnati, OH