UVMC Cancer Care Center Awarded Accreditation With Commendation
TROY – Upper Valley Medical Center’s Cancer Care program has received Accreditation with Commendation from The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. The accreditation, good for three years, was awarded following an extensive onsite evaluation.
CoC accreditation ensures a patient they will have access to: comprehensive care; a multi-specialty team approach to coordinate treatment options; information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options; access to cancer-related information, education and support; a cancer registry collecting data on type and stages of cancers and treatment results and lifelong patient follow up; ongoing monitoring of care; and quality care close to home.
“The accreditation award with commendation means our center has exceeded the strict review of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, which includes eight areas of programming activity and evaluation on 36 standards. This means our center is a center of excellence,” said Jean Heath, Cancer Care Center Director.
“We are very proud of our Cancer Care program at UVMC and the registrars who collect the data,”Heath added. “We have set the bar very high in quality, safety and service in our Cancer Care Center.”
The Miami County community celebrated the opening of the newly expanded UVMC Cancer Care Center and John J. Dugan Infusion Center in spring 2012. The expansion added 10 individual infusion rooms and gave the center its own first-level entry, a new reception area, family center, healing garden, multi-use therapy room and library where patients and their families can research materials offered in traditional hardback books, on DVDs/CDs or on Kindles.
“The center’s growth and success reflect UVMC’s continuing mission to provide a comprehensive continuum of cancer services in our community,” said Tom Parker, UVMC President and CEO. “We’re grateful to the physicians and staffs who have worked so hard to make the cancer center an outstanding provider, and also to the UVMC Board of Directors and Foundation for their support of this important resource.”
The CoC was established in 1922. It 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. There are more than 1,500 CoC-accredited programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing around 30 percent of all hospitals. More information on the Commission on Cancer is available at www.facs.org/cancer/index/html .
For more on the UVMC Cancer Care Center, visit www.UVMC.com.