Welcome to The Breast Institute

Your recent breast cancer diagnosis may have you feeling as though you are alone.  The fact is, we are here to help every step of the way.

The Breast Institute exists to connect you with the right specialists at the right time, so that you receive rapid, accurate and organized information regarding your treatment options. Your care will be coordinated by our patient navigator who will assure that you are seen by a team of highly trained and educated physicians, all committed to your recovery from diagnosis through treatment. 

The Breast Institute is made possible through a generous gift from Safeway.


Accreditation is a stamp of approval in the quality, safety and clinical excellence of a program. The Breast Institute at Skagit Valley Hospital was granted a three-year, full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures that a patient will have access to:

  • Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
  • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
  • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

And most importantly,

  • Quality breast care close to home 

Theodore Kim, DO, Medical Director of The Breast Institute in Mount Vernon, WA.“The Breast Institute of Skagit Valley Hospital Regional Cancer Care Center provides a patient centered multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer at all stages”
Theodore Kim, DO, Medical Director of The Breast Institute

Karen Dec, MD, Clinical Director of the Breast Care Center in Mount Vernon, WA.The Breast Care Center, a service provided by Skagit Valley Hospital and Skagit Radiology, is designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

“I am very excited about achieving this milestone. Patients can trust they are getting quality care at the highest level here at the Breast Care Center and Skagit Valley Hospital.” 
Karen Dec, MD, Clinical Director of the Breast Care Center

Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). 

We are recognized as a center of excellence from the American College of Surgeons.

We are also accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

These accomplishments mean that our patients are afforded the most currently available forms of evaluation, treatment, and follow-up care knowing that we have passed a rigorous evaluation by independent clinical surveyors.


Welcome New Patients!

You can now download these forms to fill out and bring to your first appointment.

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