A Different Category of Care

Providing a different kind of cancer care experience requires a unique combination of compassionate, talented team members, breakthrough technology and outstanding community support. This almost artistic, individualized approach to patient care has now been recognized by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award.

The Cancer Center is one of a select group of only 16 U.S. healthcare facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed January 1 – June 30, 2017. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. In addition, the Cancer Center also received Three-Year Accreditation with Gold-level Commendation, the highest level of accreditation. This means Cancer Center patients are receiving the best care possible and that our facility continues to strive for excellence in all areas.

CoC Goal How we stacked up
6% of patients enrolled in clinical trials blue check ENROLLED 15% OF PATIENTS IN CLINICAL TRIALS
25% of nurses must be oncology nursing certified blue check PROVIDED HIGHEST LEVEL OF NURSING CARE with more than 25% certified nurses
Data accuracy and timely corrections blue check ENHANCED PHYSICIAN DECISION MAKING AND TREATMENT STRATEGIES with 100% accurate data submitted and presented at monthly multidisciplinary care meetings
95% of pathology (lab analysis) reporting must follow special formatting and include specific data elements blue check MORE ACCURATE CANCER STAGING AND TREATMENT; exceeded this goal 100% of the time
Provide public reporting of outcomes blue check INCREASED TRANSPARENCY; exceeded minimal reporting requirements
Participate in Rapid Quality Reporting Systems and reports findings blue check PROVIDED TIMELY, SEAMLESS CARE FOR PATIENTS; exceeded this goal with high performance rates
Certified Tumor Registrars continuing education blue check STRONG FOCUS ON STAFF EDUCATION; exceeded goal for continuing education and best practices

These achievements would not be possible without the Cancer Center’s team of outstanding physicians and staff. The Commission on Cancer provided comments that helped paint a picture of the outstanding caliber of care created by the Cancer Center team:

  • EXCELLENT GOAL SETTING with in-depth discussion by Cancer Committee.”
  • “The nursing service has EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP.”
  • TOTAL INVOLVEMENT by social work group with EXCELLENT PLANS for assisting high-stress patients.”
  • STRONG LEADERSHIP from geneticist and all multidisciplinary care teams are committed to FULL GENETIC SUPPORT.
  • “There is TOTAL COMMITMENT to Community Outreach.”