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Beacon imaging sites designated as centers of excellence

Memorial Regional Breast Center and Memorial Lighthouse Medical Imaging Designated as ACR Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence

Beacon Health System’s Memorial Regional Breast Center in South Bend and Memorial Lighthouse Medical Imaging in Mishawaka have been designated as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

The two imaging locations join Beacon’s Elkhart General Breast Care Center in the prestigious designation.

By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound, including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“We are excited about achieving this recognition and providing leading-edge services such as 3D mammography to our community,” said Derek Taylor, director of Imaging Services, Memorial Hospital of South Bend.

Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that these Beacon facilities achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Beacon’s breast care teams combine clinical expertise with a welcoming, patient-centered approach to care. Memorial Regional Breast Care Center and Memorial Lighthouse Medical Imaging were top performers in patient satisfaction among Memorial departments for 2019 through Beacon’s text-based survey tool, earning average scores of 4.8 out of 5 and 4.7 out of 5, respectively. Patients often commend breast care associates in survey comments, including Kelsie Long, who wrote:

“I would like to thank the staff at Beacon Breast Care Center for their kindness, patience and professionalism. I came into the ultrasound worried and nervous that the lump may have been cancerous. I went to the appointment alone, but the staff made me feel supported and put me at ease.

“From the front desk staff, to the ultrasound tech and radiologist, I could never express enough thanks. The good news is, it was benign. I knew the day of and didn’t have to go home to worry. I am so appreciative of their support during a time of apprehension.”

To learn more about mammography at Beacon Health System or to schedule a screening mammogram online, visit

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