Saint Clare’s Center for Cancer Care Earns National Accreditation
from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons
Denville, NJ (May 22, 2019)—The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality
program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted
Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at Saint Clare’s Center for Cancer Care. To
earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality
care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process,
and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care.
Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Saint Clare’s Center
for Cancer Care takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer
as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons,
medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists,
and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results
in improved patient care.
“This national accreditation demonstrates yet another recognition
of our community hospital’s dedication to quality care,” said
Brian Finestein, CEO. Our patients get the unique opportunity to be treated
locally by caring neighbors, in a major award-winning facility,” he added.
The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Saint Clare’s
Center for Cancer Care to improve its quality of patient care through
various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer
care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment,
rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life
care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access
to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling,
and patient centered services including psycho-social support, a patient
navigation process, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care
each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Saint Clare’s Center for Cancer
Care maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National
Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer
Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical
disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked
and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care.
CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived
from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional,
and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their
quality improvement efforts.
The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.7 million cases
of cancer have been diagnosed in 2018. There are currently more than 1,500
CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. CoC-accredited
facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed
patients with cancer. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally
at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive,
state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public
with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience
for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at
Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium
of professional organizations dedicated to improving patient outcomes
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. For
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