News Release: University News
Feb. 9, 2010
Emory University Hospital Midtown earns Commendation from Commission on Cancer
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has granted a three-year accreditation with commendation to the cancer services program at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
The accreditation program sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the facilities to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation is earned only by those facilities that have committed to providing the highest level of care. To maintain accreditation, hospitals with CoC-accredited cancer services must undergo an on-site evaluation every three years. The commendation is earned by demonstration of a full scope of cancer services, including cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.
Rein Saral, MD, senior deputy director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and chairman of the Emory University Hospital Midtown Cancer Committee, points out that accreditation with commendation is a testament to the hard work and dedication of faculty and staff.
"We are very proud of this achievement and appreciate the thorough and rigorous site visit conducted by the Commission on Cancer," says Saral. "The faculty, nurses and staff at Emory University Hospital Midtown are dedicated to providing exceptional care to the patients who put their trust in us for their cancer care."
Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient 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 clinical trials and new treatment options
- access to cancer-related information, education and support
- a cancer registry that collects data on type and state of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up
- ongoing monitoring and improvement of care
- quality care close to home
"This recognition is a testament to the commitment and quality of care our providers give to oncology patients every day," says Dane Peterson, chief operating officer, Emory University Hospital Midtown. "We are honored to receive this accreditation and know our patients benefit the most from comprehensive and multidisciplinary cancer care."