TRH cancer center receives certification

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The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted three-year accreditation with commendation to the cancer program at Taylor Regional Hospital.

A facility receives a three-year approval with commendation following an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement). Also, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates 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 and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care, surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards, collecting standardized and quality data from approved facilities and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state and local level.

There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-approved cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals. This 25 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 71 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. 

The accreditation program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Approval by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain approval, facilities with CoC-approved cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Receiving care at a CoC-approved cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to:

  •  Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
  •  A multi-specialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options.
  •  Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options.
  •  Access to cancer-related information, education and support.
  •  A cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up.
  •  Ongoing monitoring and improvement of care.
  •  Quality care close to home.

The Cancer Center at Taylor Regional Hospital, located at 125 Greenbriar Drive, opened in April 2005.