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Published on January 31, 2020

Cancer Program Receives Commendation

  • Alpena

    Cancer Center Team in Alpena

    The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to MidMichigan's cancer programs.

  • Gratiot

    Cancer Center Team in Gratiot

    The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to MidMichigan's Cancer Programs.

  • Midland

    Cancer Center Team in Midland

    The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to MidMichigan's Cancer Programs.

  • Mt. Pleasant

    Cancer Center Team in Mt.Pleasant

    The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to MidMichigan's Cancer Programs.

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) recently granted a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to MidMichigan Health’s Cancer Program. This comprehensive program includes Cancer Centers in Alpena, Gratiot, Midland and Mt. Pleasant.

To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet or exceed 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. Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation is only awarded to a facility that exceeds standard requirements at the time of its triennial survey.

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer program, MidMichigan 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.

“Our accreditation from the Commission on Cancer is just one example of our commitment to provide the highest level of quality care to each of our patients,” said Joan Herbert, Pharm.D., director of the oncology service line at MidMichigan Health. “As accredited facilities, our patients can expect state-of-the-art cancer care, in all four of our locations. Our collaborative cancer teams will continue to strive to provide the best in cancer diagnosis and treatment, coordinating the best available care plan for each individual patient.”

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for MidMichigan 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, lifelong 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, MidMichigan maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). 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.

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.

There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. For more information, visit www.facs.org/cancer.

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