Comprehensive care in one convenient location
The Breast Center is a Breast Center of Excellence and offers a full range of state-of-the-art services including all-digital mammography. Digital mammography improves early detection rates over conventional mammography.
All for you - all in one location
It’s a one-stop center designed specially for women, featuring the latest technology and treatment options, seamless case management and some of the region’s most experienced physicians, surgeons, radiologists, oncologists and therapists.
Easy access and extended hours
Located on the first floor of the W. Stanley Jennings Outpatient Center, the Breast Center offers convenient parking, as well as weekday and evening appointments.
The Breast Center
844 Battlefield Blvd., North
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Extended hours are offered for mammography screenings in the Breast Center:
Monday - Thursday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
Chesapeake Regional Medical Center is the only facility in the south Tidewater area to be designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) by the American College of Radiology. This prestigious designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the ACR’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.
National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers
The Breast Center at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center has received a three-year accreditation and high praise for the comprehensive care it provides breast cancer patients. The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons, found The Breast Center fully compliant in all 27 standards the national organization rates.
Breast MRI Accredited Facility
The Breast Center is the region's only facility accredited by the American College of Radiology's Breast MRI Accreditation Program, which recognizes the highest level of image quality and patient safety available. The Breast MRI Accreditation Program provides facilities performing breast MRI procedures with peer review and constructive feedback on their staff's qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, safety policies and image quality.
America’s Best Breast Centers
The Breast Center at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center has received the 2014 Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Breast Center. This award signifies that a facility has met national standards, scored above-average on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services patient satisfaction measures and demonstrated exceptional service in meeting the needs of women. The distinction allows women to make an informed decision when choosing care for themselves and their family members.
Luisa C. Kropcho, M.D.
Dr. Kropcho is a board-certified surgeon who specializes in breast surgical oncology. She earned her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. and completed a general surgery internship and general surgery residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Va. Dr. Kropcho also completed a fellowship in breast oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, Calif. Prior to joining The Breast Center, she was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a commander in the U.S. Navy. While there, Dr. Kropcho was in charge of the Level II Shock Trauma Platoon and Forward Resuscitative Surgical System. She is an assistant professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and previously served as the medical director of the breast clinic at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth. Dr. Kropcho is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Breast Surgeons and Society of Surgical Oncology. She practices with Chesapeake Surgical Specialists and works at The Breast Center at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.
Chesapeake Radiologists, Ltd.
The Breast Center works in conjunction with Chesapeake Radiologists Ltd., and this practice also serves as Chesapeake General Hospital's Radiology Department. This group of multi-skilled radiologists with specialized training is involved in both the diagnostic and treatment stages of your experience at the Breast Center. From all digital mammography to precise, targeted radiology treatments, Chesapeake Radiologists, Ltd. offers state-of-the-art services in a caring environment. To schedule an appointment, call 757-312-6137.
Breast Care NAVIGATOR
The Breast Center features the personalized service of our Breast Care Navigator, Maria "Lou" Verdes, R.N., C.B.C.N., who guides patients every step of the way. She is a certified breast care nurse who serves both as a direct point of contact for referring physicians and as an advocate for patients, providing them with a coordinated, seamless and personalized case management plan. Our navigator may be reached at 757-312-2232.
To learn more about breast diagnostic and oncologic treatment, call the Breast Care Navigator at 757-312-2232.
- Breast Care Navigator
- American Cancer Society Patient Navigator
- Board-certified radiation oncologists and radiologists specializing in breast imaging
- Pain management
- Palliative care
- Registered dietitian
- Community Education Resource Center
- Home Health Services
- Support groups
- Pastoral care
Why choose Chesapeake Regional
Chesapeake Regional features the latest breast diagnostic technologies in a conveniently located, discreet and comfortable setting. All digital mammograms.
Today, there are a vast array of surgical options and choices for women diagnosed with breast cancer. The primary treatment for breast cancer is to surgically remove the largest amount of cancer possible.
Chesapeake Regional understands the challenges breast cancer patients face. That’s why we employ all the latest treatment options and techniques available, while providing the support every cancer patient needs.
Our people make us the right choice for you
This is more than a job for us, it is our passion. This is not just about treating a patient, it is about helping to care for an individual who who needs to know that she is not alone.
The Breast Center offers quality, convenient consultation and fitting services for mastectomy patients on the campus of Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. The Mastectomy Boutique is open by appointment on the first and third Friday of every month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. inside the breast imaging area of the W. Stanley Jennings Outpatient Center. For more information, patients can call Maria "Lou" Verdes, breast care navigator, at 757-312-2232 or LaShonda Ramsey of Creative Images at 757-398-9101.
American Cancer society guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer
The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for most adults.
- Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health
- Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over
- Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s
Some women -- because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors -- should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2 percent of all the women in the US). Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests at an earlier age.
For more information, call the American Cancer Society and ask for our document called Breast Cancer: Early Detection.
Schedule a mammogram 757-312-6137.
The Breast Center
At Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
844 Battlefield Blvd., North
Chesapeake, VA 23320