The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer has awarded the comprehensive cancer program at St. Mary’s Medical Center with a three-year Certificate of Approval with Commendation.
“This recognition exemplifies St. Mary’s commitment to cancer care in our community,” says Sheila Hauck RN, MSN, OCN, St. Mary’s Executive Director of Oncology. “Everyone works together to improve outcomes and provide a positive patient experience.”
Approval with Commendation is the highest rating awarded by Commission on Cancer, and it recognizes that St. Mary’s complies with the Commission’s 36 program standards and excels in one or more standard. The Certificate of Approval ensures that cancer patients who are treated at St. Mary’s have access to:
Information about clinical trials and new treatment options
Approval by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to provide the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer and to undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of its performance. The on-site evaluation is led by a physician surveyor. The evaluation includes assessed compliance with standards representing the full scope of the program, including cancer committee leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, quality improvement and cancer data management.
“The Certificate of Approval can give patients peace of mind that St. Mary’s has set a standard of excellence on their care, and that an experienced multidisciplinary team of specialists will help them on their healing journey,” according to Dr. Michael Titzer, Chair of Oncology.
There are more than 1,457 Commission on Cancer approved cancer programs in the United States. One fourth of the nation’s hospitals have approved cancer programs, and more than 80 percent of patients who are newly diagnosed with cancer are treated at these hospitals.
The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer was established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922. The multidisciplinary Commission on Cancer establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary and comprehensive cancer care delivery in healthcare settings. The goal of the Commission on Cancer is to decrease morbidity and mortality caused by cancer through prevention, monitoring and reporting of care, standard setting and education.