Evangelical Community Hospital Earns Commission on Cancer Accreditation

January 08, 2018

Evangelical Community Hospital earned a full, three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons. In addition to achieving compliance in all areas reviewed, the Hospital received commendations in two key areas of cancer services: nursing and public reporting.

With this stamp of approval, patients seeking cancer care can be assured the Hospital’s cancer program meets 34 quality care standards essential to providing comprehensive, patient-centered cancer care. The accreditation is achieved through a thorough survey process and must maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of care to maintain its status as a CoC accredited facility.

“At Evangelical, we strive to provide the most effective, high-quality, compassionate care to our cancer patients, and we are extremely proud that our program meets such rigorous quality standards as required by the CoC,” said Andrea Bertram, Operations Director of Women’s Health and Cancer Services at Evangelical.

“We recognize that our patients are allowing us into their lives and our dedicated team of cancer specialists is committed to providing wide-ranging, state-of-the-art care for them,” continued Bertram.

At Evangelical, Cancer Services takes a multi-disciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that require consultation among medical professionals including surgeons, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This collaborative method that takes the whole patient into consideration results in improved patient care.

“The CoC accreditation program provides a successful structure for our Hospital to focus on the quality of its cancer care in the areas of early diagnosis, cancer staging, treatment, follow-up, survivorship, and compassionate end-of-life care,” said John Turner, MD, FACS, Medical Director of Cancer Services at Evangelical.

At Evangelical, patients who receive cancer care have access to clinical trials, genetic counseling, and patient-centered services including psycho-social support and a patient navigation process.
John Kryston, DO, Medical Director of Pathology and Laboratory at Evangelical, chairs the Cancer Committee at the Hospital. He confirmed the importance of applying for the voluntary CoC accreditation and the work it takes to achieve the honor.

Kryston said, “All CoC accredited facilities, including Evangelical, maintain a cancer registry and contribute to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDV), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes collective is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of care are traced and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care.”

As part of the accreditation, Evangelical has access to the information derived from this greater database and can use the valuable insight to continue to enhance quality improvement efforts for treatment plans covering a wide-range of cancers for its patients.

For more information on cancer services available at Evangelical Community Hospital, visit www.evanhospital.com/CancerServices.

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