Health-care news

October 29, 2007

Center gets Commission on Cancer approval

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted three-year approval with commendation to the cancer program at the John R. Marsh Cancer Center. The John R. Marsh Cancer Center is a department of Washington County Hospital.

Approval by the CoC is given only to facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care, and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. The John R. Marsh Cancer Center underwent an on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility was found to demonstrate cancer program standards compliance. The standards include cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

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

· Comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment

· A multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options


· Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

· 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 Commission on Cancer's independent evaluation says we are meeting the needs of our community," said Dr. Frederic H. Kass III, medical director of John R. Marsh Cancer Center.

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.

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