Terrebonne General | Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Earns Accreditation from The Commission on Cancer of The American College of Surgeons

HOUMA, La. –   The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to Terrebonne General | Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. To earn CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 31 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. 

CoC Accreditation Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Terrebonne General | Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists.  This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. 

 “This accreditation is a testament to the hard work, compassion and dedication our team members display every day,” said Phyllis Peoples, president and CEO, Terrebonne General Health System. “By holding ourselves to the highest standards of care, we’re putting patients first, and this recognition will help us to continue being the leading provider for the Bayou Region.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Terrebonne General | Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.  When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.  

“Patients in the Terrebonne Parish area and beyond can rest assured they are receiving the highest quality cancer provided by one the best cancer care teams in the state,” said Jonas Fontenot, PhD, MBA, chief executive officer, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “It is clear, through this recognition, that Terrebonne General | Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center holds itself to the highest set of standards. Working together, Mary Bird Perkins and  Terrebonne General Health System bring unique strengths to every patient in need of our care across the Bayou Region.”   

As a CoC-accredited facility, Terrebonne General | Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society.  This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world.  Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care.  CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports.  These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.  

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.7 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2018.  There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico,  CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer.  When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at https://www.facs.org/search/cancer-programs.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care.  Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.  For more information, visit: www.facs.org/cancer


About Terrebonne General | Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center                      
Terrebonne General | Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center provides cancer care to the Bayou Region. The full spectrum of comprehensive services, from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment, recovery, and survivorship, is offered. Services include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery, as well as patient navigation, clinical trials, and free community screenings. The Cancer Center is nationally accredited with commendation and recognized for excellence in cancer care by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and the National Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) Certification Program, an affiliate of the prestigious American Society of Clinical Oncology (A.S.C.O.). For more information on cancer services by Terrebonne General | Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, visit marybird.org/Houma