This is the 2nd time in a row we've earned full accreditation with commendation.
Oak Lawn, Illinois (PRWEB) May 26, 2012
The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons has awarded another three-year accreditation with commendation to the Cancer Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center following an on-site review of the Institute’s programs in April.
Specifically, the Cancer Institute was recognized for demonstrating a “commendation-level of compliance” with eight CoC standards representing the full scope of the Institute’s cancer programs, namely cancer leadership, data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement. Additionally, the Commission indicated in its report that the Cancer Institute achieved full compliance, without deficiencies, in 28 other standards.
“This is the second time in a row that we have earned full accreditation with commendation,” said James L. Weese MD FACS, medical director of the Cancer Institute. “This achievement is truly testament to our level of expertise in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer and to the skill and commitment of our Institute’s entire team of professionals and support staff.”
Cancer Institute Executive Director Michele Goodier noted that the successful recruitment of world-class cancer specialists; the expansion of the Institute’s gynecologic oncology program, including growth in the use of minimally invasive robotic technology; the ongoing development of a major melanoma treatment program, under the leadership of a nationally noted physician; and the introduction of IOERT (intraoperative electron radiation therapy) for improved tumor control and better patient survival rates are just examples of the Cancer Institute’s emergence as a destination center for treatment of patients with complex cancers.
The medical center was also among the first few health care institutions in Illinois to acquire CyberKnife radiosurgery for advanced treatment of cancers and other disorders.
The CoC conducted its review of cancer program performance at Christ Medical Center as part of the required process for re-accrediting an institution. Accreditation is awarded only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review based on 36 CoC standards.
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 through standard-setting, prevention, research, education and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.
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