September 17, 2012
Cancer Program Granted Accreditation with Commendation by the Commission on
Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
NEW BERN, NC –
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has
granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Program at
CarolinaEast Health System.
on Cancer was established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons and is a
joint effort among professional organizations dedicated to improving survival
rates and quality of life for cancer patients. They do this by setting
standards for quality care, surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with
those 36 standards, collecting data from accredited facilities and using that
data to develop effective ways to improve cancer care outcomes.
currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States.
That represents close to 30 percent of all hospitals. The accreditation process
overseen by CoC is important because that same 30 percent of hospitals diagnose
and treat approximately 80 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each
by the Commission on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily
committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care. Each facility
undergoes a rigorous evaluation process and performance review. Once
Accreditation is received, facilities must undergo an on-site review every
three years to maintain that distinction.
surveyors from CoC conduct on-site evaluations at facilities wishing to receive
accreditation. In order to receive Accreditation with Commendation level, the
facility must demonstrate Commendation level compliance with one or more of the
36 CoC standards and a compliance level rating for all other standards. Those
standards include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical
services, research, and community outreach and quality improvement among
Cancer Program met CoC’s commendation level criteria for seven of the standards.
Those include outcomes analysis, quality
improvements, education of cancer registry staff, prevention and early
detection efforts, as well as meeting criteria and guidelines set by other
agencies including the American College of Pathologists. A dedicated, inpatient oncology unit, separate
outpatient Radiation Oncology center, community outreach efforts, including
annual, free screenings for common cancers, twice-monthly support group meetings
for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis, progressive treatment options and
dedicated staff were also major contributors to the accreditation.
“We are very
proud of our Accreditation with Commendation from the Commission on Cancer. It
is a great thing not only for our facility but also for our patients.” said Dr.
Kyle Rusthoven, Chairman of CarolinaEast Cancer Committee.
distinction means that patients and their families have access to top quality
care close to home, to leading edge technology, to information about that
latest clinical trials and to a multispecialty team approach to their cancer
care,” Rusthoven added.
information about cancer care at CarolinaEast Health System, visit www.carolinaeasthealth.com or call