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UVMC Cancer Program Awarded Commendation by Commission on Cancer

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC) has granted three-year approval with commendation to the Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) Cancer Care Center.

The CoC sets national quality of care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they uphold the Commission’s standards of excellence.  As a CoC approved program, UVMC Cancer Cancer Center is committed to the Commission’s standards of performance improvement, outcome measurements, cost-effectiveness and collaboration with physicians and other health care service agencies.

“Approval by the Ccommision on Cancer is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and undergoing a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance,” explained Jean Heath, director Cancer Care at UVMC. 

To maintain approval, facilities with CoC-approved cancer programs must undergo a rigorous on-site review every three years.  UVMC’s Cancer Care Center was surveyed earlier this year in the areas of clinical services, cancer data management, cancer committee leadership, research, community outreach, and quality improvement.  “The commendation award represented the full scope of UVMC’s comprehensive cancer program,” Heath noted.   

“We congratulate our entire oncology team for achieving this professional symbol of excellence,” said Mike Maiberger, President/COO.  “Through all their hard work and dedication, UVMC continues a history of excellence in cancer care.  The UVMC family is very proud of our program and the difference it makes in the lives of countless patients and families.”

“Our mission is to provide leadership and a comprehensive continuum of cancer services to our patients and their families, focusing on education, prevention, early detection and management of cancer,” said Heath.  “Our patient-centered care approach recognizes the impact cancer has on the lives of individuals and their families and includes a fully integrated range of services to provide the best possible care.” 

“Today’s cancer patients may require a single modality of treatment or a combination of treatments, such as surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and therapies and related services,” L. Stewart Lowry, MD,FACS, local surgeon and cancer liaison physician for UVMC.   “Our goal is to provide a carefully coordinated, individualized approach to care.”
Heath said patients at the UVMC cancer program are ensured access to comprehensive quality care close to home, state-of-the-art services and technologies, a multidisciplinary team approach that coordinates the best treatment options for each patient, ongoing monitoring and improvement of care, cancer-related information, education and support, and a cancer registry that collects data on cancers and treatment results.
UVMC’s multidisciplinary Cancer Care team is comprised of highly qualified, compassionate professionals who use specialized equipment and techniques to provide a full range of services that ensure optimal patient care.  The team includes board certified physicians in the areas of radiation oncology, medical oncology, surgery and radiology, and well as other highly specialized professionals such as certified oncology nurses, registered radiation therapists, medical physicist and certified tumor registrar.  

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.  The 1,400 CoC-approved cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico represent close to 25 percent of all hospitals nationally. 

In addition to accreditation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, the UVMC Cancer Care Center is certified by the National Oncology Nursing Society, and follows the standards of the American College of Radiology.  It is also accredited in conjunction with the Upper Valley Medical Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).  The Center has an excellent cooperative working relationship with the American Cancer Society and Hospice, which provide referrals, educational information and support.

For further information, please contact the UVMC Cancer Care Center at (937) 440-4820.