The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center

Leever Earns Distinguished Accreditations

American College of Radiology and American College of Surgeons Award Leever with Distinctions

The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center is proud to have recently been  recognized by both the American College of Radiology and the American College of Surgeons for its high quality standards in cancer treatment and imaging.

The Breast Center of Greater Waterbury at The Harold Leever Regional Cancer Center, is a breast center “without walls.” With the support of both Saint Mary’s Hospital and Waterbury Hospital and area physicians, the mission of the Breast Center of Greater Waterbury is to provide a structure that will facilitate the  provision of state-of-the-art comprehensive care for patients with breast disorders both benign and malignant. 

The Breast Center of Greater Waterbury was recently re-accredited for a full three-year term by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is granted only to those centers that are voluntarily committed to providing the best possible care to patients with diseases of the breast. Each breast center must undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of its performance and compliance with NAPBC standards. To maintain accreditation, centers must monitor compliance with NAPBC standards to assure quality care, and undergo an on-site review every three years. 

Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center such as Leever ensures that patients have access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art care; a multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; and quality breast care close to home.

The American College of Radiology (ACR) also recently awarded the Leever Center the gold seal of  accreditation in Radiation Oncology and PET which, Kniery said, “represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.” 

The accreditation is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a rigorous peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs are assessed.